‘Two fat blokes, one pedalo and a lot of water’ is how Mike Boss and Mark Nalder describe their unusual charity undertaking. On the 6th July, 2009 they plan to cross the Solent from Gosport to Ryde on the Isle of Wight on a Duck themed pedalo (seriously – take a look at the picture).

The crossing is trying to raise money for The Wessex Rehabilitation Centre. Why? Well, as their website explains:

It was the superb team here who put Mike through 3 months of intensive physiotherapy after, in another (completely uncharacteristic) moment of madness, he had climbed a ladder in Washington DC, during hurricane season.

The resulting accident left Mike with bits of his elbows normally found on the inside, on the outside… After a 5 hour operation he was flown back to the UK, and referred to Salisbury District Hospital. When the cast was eventually removed he had no movement in his arm at all. This was terrible news. It was his drinking arm.

Five years on from the accident and Mike still raves about the team at the Wessex Rehabilitation Centre and the fantastic work they do there, so in order to show them just how much he appreciates their work, he will be performing another death defying stunt. But this time it’s on purpose.

If you can spare some cash for a good cause, why not drop by their donation page at www.justgiving.com/greatsolentpedal.

To keep up to date with their preparation take a look at their website or follow them on twitter.

Best of luck lads!