VIP Rafting Day Hosted by a GB Gold Medallist
The Olympics will be with us and this is your chance for you to relive past glories with a GB Gold Medallist. This is the awesome thrill-seeking opportunity to go white water rafting down the Olympic Course at Lee Valley; the scene of the 2012 medal rush for the GB Canoeists.
Nicknamed ‘Tough Rudder’ by the gold medal GB Canoeists themselves, this experience sees you taking on the Olympic course and for one timed run, get a gold medallist to help you working within the Covid-19 guidelines of the day.
The experience starts with a guide to the course from one GB Slalom Canoeists who have won gold on the course in 2012 or Rio 2016, each rafter gets a signed photo of them and the gold medallist, as well as a host of action shots from the day to populate their social media feeds.
Then for two hours you are in the hands of the rafting guides and after going through safety drills you have a host of runs down the course during 75 minutes of rapid action. You even get to have medals given to you by a gold medallist. To participate, you must be a competent swimmer over 14 years old AND less than 18 stone. Additional guests are welcome to watch and listen to proceedings.
Ava Helene Atkinson was born on May 26, 2014, but because she was born so early, she experienced many health issues.
Ava was moved to the neo-natal unit where she was put on a ventilator to help her breathe. Hours later, Ava’s condition had not improved, and after discussions with the consultant it was decided that due to the severity of the health issues she had, we as parents had to make the most devastating decision of our lives, together with the care team, to withdraw treatment. Minutes after coming off the ventilator Ava passed away peacefully with her family around her.
Whilst at the hospital we were given a keepsake box in which we were able to have memories of Ava. These precious memories are there for us to look at and cherish. Her keepsake box has brought comfort to us all, so much so that we have decided we would like to put together our own memory boxes for other parents who have suffered the loss of a child.
We have decided to make these keepsake boxes ourselves and hope that these boxes will be looked at for years to come.