Charley Boorman on his new paddleboard charity adventure in aid of Movember

Virgin Radio

7 May 2021, 13:45

The adventurer joined the Chris Evans Breakfast Show with Sky to talk about trading the roads for the water for a new challenge in support of men’s mental health charity Movember along with our Amy Voce on a two day, 30 mile endurance paddle and 'losing a nut' due to testicular cancer.

He told Chris: “We’re paddleboarding for men's mental health. We were going to do it on 18th January which is the most depressing day of the year but couldn’t because of COVID… 

“So now we're doing it for Movember to raise some money and we're going to do two days - the first day 17 miles with one lock and the second day is 13 miles with 28 locks.

“We’ve got a whole bunch of people together - we’ve got James Haskell, Amy Voce, Damon Hill, Nick and Giles English from the Bremont Watch Company.

“Ben Bowers is the guy who came up with the idea and forced me to come along.”

So is Charley any good at the sport? He admitted: “I’ve got two very smashed up legs so I just wobble as much as possible…. Crashing is my favourite thing to do.

“The most dangerous is that first five minutes and the last… The older you get, the less you bounce.

"When I was young, I'd fall off a motorbike or bicycle and you'd bounce, not now…"

He said about his own previous medical minefield: “The reason we're doing it for men's health and for Movember is because I had testicular cancer a number of years ago - I lost a nut - and it was because of my first dog, Ziggy that I found out...

"My wife took him to the vet and he was having a checkup and the last thing that the vet checked was his testicles and he said 'one of them feels a bit odd' and my wife said 'one of my husband's feels a bit odd...' 

"He goes 'we should definitely check that out' and five days later I was on the operating table.

"And I'll never forget this... The anaesthetist and the surgeon looked down at me and said, 'Don't worry, Charlie. It's just like shelling peas'.”