by Ian Tokelove
Dr Martin Lee kayaking at sea

Dr Martin Lee – a Rheumatology Consultant from Bath – set off from the Ahoy Centre in Deptford on 1st April and has spent the last three months kayaking 2,600 miles around the UK coastline to raise funds for the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society. He will complete his challenge on Friday 6th July, when he will arrive back at the Surrey Docks Watersports Centre (London, SE16 7SX) at approximately 2pm.

Dr Lee has faced many challenges during his journey and is currently paddling with a torn shoulder muscle, blistered hands and an infected toe. He faced strong winds, thick fog and high waves while crossing the Bristol Channel, and disaster nearly struck when Scottish seas capsized him several times. He eventually made it safely to a beach, narrowly avoiding collision with rocks and a shipwreck. Fortunately he escaped with only minor injuries and the loss of some equipment.

A keen kayaker from a young age, Martin was inspired to take on this challenge by his aunt Maureen who has lived with the crippling disease Rheumatoid Arthritis for many years. “She was the reason I started studying medicine, knowing that I wanted to specialise in rheumatology” said Martin.

For more information and an opportunity to support Dr Lee’s fundraising, visit http://www.martinkayaking.co.uk/#!the-challenge

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