Scone siblings honouring their mother's memory through 470km fund-raising paddle

GRUELLING JOURNEY: Scone siblings Lauren and Ben Taylor will undertake Taylor Maiden Voyage to honour their late mum, Diane, this month.
GRUELLING JOURNEY: Scone siblings Lauren and Ben Taylor will undertake Taylor Maiden Voyage to honour their late mum, Diane, this month.

SCONE siblings Ben and Lauren Taylor are set to honour their late mum in a unique way this month.

The duo will take part in a gruelling two-week 470km odyssey along the Hunter River - in kayaks - to pay homage to Diane Taylor, who lost her battle with cancer last year.

The pair is also raising funds for Chris O'Brien Lifehouse.

The trip, named Taylor Maiden Voyage, will start in the Barrington Tops on Saturday, October 19.

They'll begin on foot and follow the river until there is enough water to initiate paddling.

The Taylors will be aided by their dad, Garry, in a support vehicle whose job is to make sure his kids are fed, watered and accommodated every evening.

The family plans to stay in each of the towns the river travels through including Ellerston, Moonan, Belltrees, Muswellbrook, Denman, Jerrys Plains, Singleton, Maitland and Raymond Terrace.

They're then due to arrive in Newcastle on Saturday, November 2 - 12 months since the passing of Diane Taylor.

"We're hoping to amass $25,000 for Lifehouse and are well and truly on our way to reaching that goal," Lauren said.

"Following the trip, we'll host a fundraiser night at Scone Sporties (Scone Golf Club) where there will be raffles, auctions and entertainment.

"Tickets are on sale via the Taylor Maiden Voyage Facebook page or at the Scone RSL.

"We've been blown away by the support we've received so far.

"We have had complete strangers lend us kayaks, friends offer raffle and auction prizes, landowners offering us places to stay enroute and so many generous donations."

If you'd like to support Taylor Maiden Voyage, visit the Facebook page where you can make a contribution or purchase tickets to the fundraiser.

They're also looking for raffle and auction prizes and places to stay along the way.

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