A YORK man is taking on the adventure of a lifetime in aid of a charity that is very important to him.

William Bossman, of Bishopthorpe, is undertaking a mammoth kayaking trek between July 5-28, in aid of the UK Sepsis Trust.

William contracted sepsis, the UK's "silent killer", in 2016.

The money raised will go towards education within the healthcare industry, public awareness and support for survivors and their families.

Starting on the riverbanks of Aranjuez, in the Communidad de Madrid, Spain, his trip will take him more than 750km to his finishing point at Belem Tower in Lisbon, Portugal.

Along the way he will join the Tagus, the longest river in the Iberian Peninsula and one of the longest in Europe and will encounter 20 dams, five lakes and the longest bridge in Europe.

William, who did most of his training on the Ouse, is also planning some sight-seeing during the hectic, 40km per day schedule, which will split between morning and evening kayaking.

He said: "The schedule will allow time to keep out of the midday sun and take advantage of what the local area has to offer.

"It is a mammoth but beautiful route that will challenge both me, as an adventurer, and my kayak."

Sepsis kills 44,000 people every year in the UK, more than bowel, breast and prostate cancer combined, though most people are unaware of the condition.

To support William's fundraising go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/taguskayak.

For more information about UK Sepsis visit https://sepsistrust.org.