A BRANKSOME man is set to paddle across the four longest lakes in the UK in four days to raise funds for a charity close to his heart.

David Haze, 36, a consultant in the criminal justice system, will paddle board across four lakes in a bid to raise money for the Alliance of Sport and to break some world records.

Starting on Monday, June 14, David will paddle across Loch Awe in Scotland, Lake Windermere in England, Lough Neagh in Northern Ireland and Llyn Tegid in Wales.

David said: "I will be attempting to paddle board across the four longest lakes in the UK in four days in an attempt to set four world records. If I am successful, I will also hold the most SUP (Stand Up Paddle Boarding) world records too.

"I’m really excited for the challenge but I know I’ll be knackered by the end of it. The weather is my main concern, especially the wind, as if it’s against me it will be tough.

"I’m doing this challenge as it will be a personal achievement. Everybody has had a bad year amid the pandemic, and I want to achieve something personal. I also do quite a lot of endurance events for a charity that is not usually recognised."

David hopes to raise £1500 for the Alliance of Sport and has already raised £1,230 ahead of the challenge.

He said: " I'm raising money for the Alliance of Sport as their mission is to build a better and safer society through the use of sport in the criminal justice system and by actively helping their network in their efforts to reduce violence, crime and reoffending.

"I rediscovered life again with a passion for sport and adventure and I know first-hand the power of both.

"If people help me raise £1500 I will paddle up the River Thames non-stop for 36 hours in September."

To donate to David's fundraiser, visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/paddling4change