Widnes paddleboarder takes on 18-mile charity challenge

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By todaybreakingnews.org

A woman has completed an 18.6 mile (30km) paddleboard journey down a canal, paddling for more than nine hours to raise money for an animal welfare charity.

Catherine Hopkins, 40, started working at Warrington Animal Welfare when she was struggling with her mental health, inspired by a love for animals.

Ms Hopkins, of Widnes, Cheshire said working at the rescue had “helped me transform as a person”.

Ms Hopkins decided to set off on the charity mission on Wednesday when Simon, a cat from the rescue centre that she was fostering, needed an expensive dental operation.

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