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Meet 'Pirate Max' - the dog joining his owner on a 200 mile charity kayak

Max has had a special life jacket fitted for his time on the water Photo: RSPCA Warrington

One man and his dog have set off on a week-long fundraising mission for charity.

John Oakley and his rescue dog Max are kayaking from Oxford to Warrington, a distance of around 200 miles.

The pair are raising money for the RSPCA Warrington, Halton and St Helens branch.

John says Max loves his time on the water so much, it's earned him a nautical nickname. Credit: RSPCA Warrington

Max and John have already pushed the boat out for the charity - previously kayaking 100 miles to raise £3000.

But now they're decided to double that effort - with John having to paddle the equivalent of a marathon each day.

Following, the generous and overwhelming support from our last voyage, we have decided to quite literally, push the boat out for one last big effort!

– John Oakley
The pair have already raised more than £1000. Credit: RSPCA Warrington

They're supporting the local branch of the RSPCA, which gives abandoned animals a second chance at a happy home life.

Max the staffie was himself a rescue who'd spent more than a year in kennels before finding his forever home.

John says the pet enjoys his time on the kayak so much, he's earned the nickname Pirate Max.

He's been kitted out his own special life-jacket for his time on the water.

John will have to kayak the equivalent of a marathon a day. Credit: RSPCA Warrington

I want to help, give these dogs a brighter future by raising money and awareness so, they can help more dogs have a second chance.

– John Oakley

Max and John are camping along the canals they travel through. They hope to finish their challenge on Sunday. You can keep up with their fundraising efforts here.