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Crosby Olympian Dan Purvis shows support to Cancer Challenge Can-u set to take place at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre

AN OLYMPIC medallist is expected to swap his parallel bars for a boat as he joins paddlers from across the country in raising money for a Merseyside charity.

Cancer Challenge Can-u hopes to attract more than 2,000 canoeists and kayakers to Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre to take part in a world record attempt for the largest ever raft of canoes.

Crosby-born gymnast Dan Purvis is said have offered his support to the charity and is now planning on taking to the water along with the other participants.

The 22-year-old shot to fame after taking home a bronze medal at London 2012.

Olympic canoeist Jon Schofield is also said to be backing the attempt as patron of the event.

Cancer Challenge Can-u has been organised by Michelle Marsh, a keen canoeist from Crosby who has been treated for breast cancer at the Linda McCartney Centre.

All funds raised from the attempt will be donated to the centre which is based at the Royal Hospital in Liverpool.

Mike Wardle, from Crosby Lakeside, said: “We are hoping to attract canoeists from across the country.

“We have seen interest from a number of air cadets and sea cadets and the entry forms are due to be delivered to clubs this week.

“Groups tend to turn up in force, that how the canoe world works! Its all mini buses, trailers and kayaks!”

For more information visit www.cancerchallengecan-u.weebly.com

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