A team of friends will be setting of from Welford today (Thursday) on a kayaking trip of more than 50 miles along the Grand Union Canal to raise money for the MacMillan Cancer Support charity.
Starting at Welford canal basin just south of Harborough this morning, Chris Poli, Dominic Friend, Duncan Pritchard, Jess Daly, Lee Powell and Verity Daffern will be kayaking along the entire Leicestershire section of the Grand Union and eventually finishing at Trent Lock, on the border of Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire.
They will pass through Foxton Locks in the Harborough district along their travels and will be stopping overnight at Kilby Bridge and Barrow-upon-Soar – so make sure you give them a wave and a cheer if you see them from the river bank!
The challenge starts today and runs until Saturday with the kayakers covering some 52.32 miles, 53 locks and more than 2km of tunnels.
Anyone can come along and show support for the Kayakers through the Leicestershire countryside, Foxton, the City of Leicester and Loughborough town.
The Kayak4Cancer crew are being supported by drivers Lewis Barrett and Susan and Francesca Gutteridge.
Macmillan Cancer Support provides practical, medical and financial support for people and families affected by cancer and pushes for better cancer care.
To support the team, visit the website www.justgiving.com/kayak4cancer-leicestershire.
Donations can also be made by texting KAYK52 followed by the amount you wish to donate, £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10, to 70070.
For more information about Macmillan, visit its website at www.macmillan.org.uk.
Story by Alex Blackwell
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