Kayaking the Continent

Kayaking the Continent

From England to the Black Sea for Pancreatic Cancer Action

4000 km | 11 countries | 5 capital cities


WeArethecity’s rising star awards

We are absolutely delighted to announce that we’ve been shortlisted for WeAreTheCity’s Rising Star Awards! You can support us by voting for us here.

Now in their fifth year, the Rising Star Awards are the first to focus on the achievements of women below Senior Management or Director level – representing the female talent pipeline and the next generation of future leaders.

To read more about the awards, please click here.


In April 2018, Kate Culverwell and Anna Blackwell set out on a world first tandem kayak expedition from England to the Black Sea. This journey saw them paddle over 4000km along canals and rivers through 11 countries, including navigating almost the entire length of the Danube River, Europe’s second longest river.

The expedition is raising money for Pancreatic Cancer Action in memory of Kate's father, David Culverwell. While paddling, Kate and Anna also collected data to contribute to the research of FreshWater Watch, an Earthwatch research project investigating the health of global freshwater ecosystems.


Help us raise money for Pancreatic Cancer Action


What Pancreatic Cancer Action say...

"Kate and Anna are taking on an incredibly tough challenge to raise awareness and funds to help improve the statistics of UK’s 5th biggest cancer killer. We can't wait to see what these brave girls achieve through this expedition and we hope that you follow and support their incredible journey."

Professor David Cunningham, consultant medical oncologist and director of Clinical Research at The Royal Marsden in London and Surrey

"There is no doubt that this is a very difficult cancer to treat but the innovative work funded by charities such as Pancreatic Cancer Action is of paramount importance in making the progress necessary to improve patient outcomes. The charity also plays an essential role in raising awareness of pancreatic cancer and lobbying for greater support and action. As such, projects like Katie and Anna’s to raise much needed funds are vital and hugely appreciated by the research community.”

This expedition is relying on the generosity and support of individuals and companies. If you would like to support the logistics of this expedition, to help make it happen, please get in touch with us directly.


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Map of our route