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Cadets from our Caithness Company offered comfort to a our National Ambassador Jordan Wylie (37) whose Great British Paddle was halted due to the new December Coronavirus Restrictions. The cadets visited Scrabster Harbour last Wednesday to support Jordan.


30 December 2020

  • 1st Battalion The Highlanders ACF

Jordan was raising money for Frontline Children – a charity focused on helping children who are caught in the middle of conflict and war – as part of The Great British Paddle, which was an Official Guinness World Record Attempt to Circumnavigate the UK on a Stand-Up Paddle Board, and was forced to abandon his attempt due to the new Scottish Government Coronavirus Restrictions which came into force on 26 December.

After 149 days, 7 hours and 36 minutes at sea and already travelled 2377.29 Km Jordan's journey stopped at Scrabster, just 23km from John O'Groats – which would have been a new Guinness World Record in itself for paddling from Land’s End to John O’Groats. Jordan Said “I said from day one that this was never about world records, awards or any kind of applause, it was about inspiring young people both overseas and back home through the gift of education and the spirit of adventure.”

A small number of Cadets and Adults from the Battalion’s Caithness Company met Jordan at Scrabster Harbour, while he was packing up for his long drive home to England, to pass on the Battalion’s warmest regards and also pass on various messages of support from across the Army Cadet Force on his incredible journey. The visit was allowed due to the Highlands, at the time, being until Scottish Government Tier 1 Restrictions. After Jordan gave a few short words to the cadets a small presentation was made to Jordan, where he was presented a Battalion Plaque and a "Caithness Care Package" which included various local produce from Caithness as well as a gift package from Stacks Coffee House in John O’Groats. The final presentation the Battalion made was a cheque for £500 as a donation from the Battalion for Frontline Children, who Jordan was raising funds for. The presentations were made by Thurso Detachment Commander Sergeant Major Instructor Stuart Taggart (31).

Jordan started his journey on July 26 in Essex and during his 5 months at sea, has travelled through five countries and even crossed the Irish Sea twice, he has still set the record for paddle boarding at sea for the longest time and has so far raised £83,000.00 for Frontline Children as part of The Great British Paddle.

  • SMI Taggart right presenting Jordan with a 500 donation and a Caithness Care Package alongside cadets who attended to lend support
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