Croyde Surf Lifesaving Club members plan charity paddle from Clovelly to Croyde beach on Sunday, July 21.

THREE surf lifesavers are preparing to paddle from Clovelly to Croyde on Sunday, July 21 for the North Devon Chemotherapy Appeal.

Ian Bennett, Pete Makepeace and Phil Strahan will also be raising money for Croyde Surf Lifesaving when they take on the 14-mile challenge.

The trio have competed in shorter distance paddles at events such as Oceanfest, and have stepped up their training from three to six to 10 miles.

"The first 20 minutes or so might be classed as fun, but I'm sure the rest will be hard work and very much a challenge," said Ian.

"I'm sure the sight of Croyde beach will be very welcoming after four to five hours of constant paddling, and hopefully we'll have needed plenty of sunscreen."

The trio decided to support the appeal after fellow club member Jed Hulme recently underwent emergency heart surgery at North Devon District Hospital in Barnstaple.

The appeal aims to raise £2.2million to build a new chemotherapy and day treatment unit at NDDH and has so far raised £1.56million.

Ian continued: "I have sat on the bench at Downend Point so many times, looked across to Clovelly and thought 'I can do that'.

"I had started training for it last year and had arranged safety cover, but I injured my shoulder in the sea very early in the season so had to call it off."

He added: "Jed spent six weeks at NDDH and he received absolutely fantastic care.

"We thought it would be fitting to raise money for two charities as we would feel that as well as being helped, we are also helping others, which is part of our club's ethos."

The three men have raised over £400 so far and hope to reach their target of £1,000.

They are also organising a cooked breakfast or cream tea for £5 in Croyde this Sunday (July 14).

If you have an idea for a Chemotherapy Appeal fundraising event, call Julie Whitton on 01271 311772 or e-mail her at ndht.charity@nhs.net.