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Scout leaders take on epic voyage

Pair are canoeing across Coniston Water in metal bathtubs

Steve Handford and Charlie Frankland training before their challenge

Two adventurous friends are to embark on a charity voyage that has never been attempted before, canoeing across Coniston Water in the Lake District in two metal bathtubs.

Like all great plans, Steve Handford, from Mawdesley, and Charlie Frankland, from Eccleston, say the idea came to them in the pub one Friday night.

The pair have already begun training on the canals of Parbold in preparation for their extreme bathtime. Charlie, 50 and a Scout leader at the 29th St John Burscough Troop, said that his wife, Kath, 52, son, James, 19 and daughters, Katie, 17 and Sarah, 13 know to expect plans like this.

He said: “We have had to make a few adjustments because a bathtub is about as streamlined as a brick, so to help with balance we have attached the tubs together, like a catamaran, but a bathamaran.”

Some of the money raised on Saturday will go to The Youth Cancer Trust and the rest will go to help fund three local Scouts to attend the World Scout Jamboree in Japan later this year.

Steve, 47 and dad to Elliot, 21, and Molly, 18, is hoping that it doesn’t rain and fill the baths up with water.

He said: “I can’t see this going on my CV, if I am honest. But my wife Liz is very supportive, even if she does laugh all the time.”

Steve used to be a Scout leader and says he still supports the local troop.

He said: “My son and daughter both went to Scouts and although I am no longer a leader it is still a big part of my life.”

The bath buddies aim to complete the five and a half miles in six hours.

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