Let’s have a paddle to the Isle of Wight!

CHALLENGE From left, Asda store managers Kenny Farrell, James Varney and Jason Hughes
CHALLENGE From left, Asda store managers Kenny Farrell, James Varney and Jason Hughes

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THREE men made a splash by kayaking to the Isle of Wight for charity.

Kenny Farrell, James Varney and Jason Hughes decided to raise money for Help for Heroes by battling the waters off Stokes Bay yesterday.

The three men are all store managers for supermarket chain Asda.

They raised around £1,000 for the charity through donations in their shops.

Mr Farrell, 41, from Gosport, is the manager of the Gosport branch.

He said: ‘The weather makes a huge difference and we chose a really good day for it.

‘We are really pleased to be doing something for charity.

‘And a charity like Help for Heroes is a charity everybody cares about.

‘It’s especially important given Gosport’s local military connections.

‘We just want to thank all the people and customers who have been donating towards the fund.’

Customers in the Gosport Asda store, along with others in Southampton and Poole, have been donating to the trio’s fund.

Each store also held a fundraising day yesterday for a final cash boost.

All three branches raised around £300.

James Varney is the manager of the Southampton Asda store and it was his idea to do the crossing from Stokes Bay.

He said: ‘It’s part of our community engagement because we are encouraged to spend some time each year raising money for charity.

‘I have a brother in the armed forces so that’s why I support Help for Heroes.

‘I was really looking forward to it and I’m really pleased with the amount of money we were able to raise.’