Oar-some effort lads

(front-back) Andrew Coles, Mark Hanley and Barry Gilbert, from Harrow, did a sponsered canoe paddle in a homemade canoe from Watford to Thorne to raise money for Sense. Picture: Andrew Roe
(front-back) Andrew Coles, Mark Hanley and Barry Gilbert, from Harrow, did a sponsered canoe paddle in a homemade canoe from Watford to Thorne to raise money for Sense. Picture: Andrew Roe

A GROUP of oar-some friends have turned to paddle power in a epic charity canoe trip.

Tattoo artist Barry Gilbert, 30, along with his pals Mark Hanley and Andrew Coles, both 27, made the gruelling journey along rivers and canals from Watford to Thorne all in a self-built canoe.

They finished at the Canal Pub, in Thorne, after setting off seven days earlier.

The trio from Harrow raised more than £1,700 for deafblind charity Sense.

They opted for the charity after Andrew’s partner’s sister Maisie Kirkbride, 16, received help from them. Barry’s sister Kelly Gilbert, of Lock Hill, Thorne, said: “They all did really well bless them. All three were very, very sunburnt.”