Charity boost to honour Kate

Kate Stainsby, the canoeist from York who died when her canoe capsiized on New Years Day in Cumbria.
Kate Stainsby, the canoeist from York who died when her canoe capsiized on New Years Day in Cumbria.

A SCARBOROUGH man has helped raise thousands of pounds in memory of fellow canoeist Kate Stainsby who died on New Year’s Day.

Jason Raper, and his friend James Barnes, of Brough, organised a challenging sponsored three-day trip along the River Ure in aid of the Great North Air Ambulance.

Jason was paddling with Kate, 41, on the day of the accident, which happened on the river Rawthey at Sedbergh in Cumbria.

However he was further down the stretch of river when the tragedy took place.

Kate was airlifted to hospital by the Great North Air Ambulance but died two days later, leaving Paul Simpson, her partner of 16 years, and their three-year-old daughter Hannah.

Kate, who was a senior physiotherapist lecturer at York St John University, was on the trip with fellow members of York Canoe Club when her canoe capsized, pushing her into the river.

Jason and James, who are also members of the club, wanted to raised money for the air ambulance, which was praised for its efforts in trying to rescue Kate.

After her death some of her organs were donated to help 20 other people and friends have urged others to sign up to the organ donor register as she had done.

Jason and James trained every day for several weeks before taking on the challenge.

The 155-mile expedition saw them on the water for up to 14 hours a day and despite strong headwinds, high tides and rapid running water managed to finish within the allotted time.

So far they have raised £3,355 but more money has been pledged for the cause.

A statement on their Just Giving page reads: “Kate was an amazing woman who will live on in the memories of many. Kate will be remembered by all who knew her for her infectious positivity, her love of life, and her adventurous spirit.

“She participated wholeheartedly in everything she did.” To find out more, or donate, go to