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Schoolgirl to kayak on Thames for 13 days in aid of adventure charity

Eight-year-old Lauren and her father Kevin in action

Eight year old Lauren Richardson, accompanied by her dad Kevin, today begins her attempt to kayak 225 miles down the River Thames for charity. The thirteenday event will see them negotiate 45 locks and travel up to 27 miles a day fromthe source of the Thames to the sea.

The pair are aiming to raise money for Widehorizons Outdoor Education Trust which aims to give children adventures as part of their education. They will be camping each night and blogging on their progress.

To follow their progress visit: www.riverthames2013.blogspot.co.ukand you can donate at (http://www.virginmoneygiving.com/KevinRichardson1)or via www.widehorizons.org.uk orwww.youradventure.org.uk

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MP donates thousands to Comic Relief after tweet

Slough MP Fiona Mactaggart has donated £14,268 to Comic Relief after thousands of people retweeted her post on social networking site Twitter.

The Labour politician told her followers on Friday that she would donate £1.00 to the Red Nose Day appeal for every retweet the post received by 9pm.

"You have to stick by your word if you take a risk like that," she told ITV London.

Celebrations as Claire crosses the finish line

26.2 miles and 16 days later, Claire crosses the finish line Credit: ITN

This is the moment Claire Lomas crossed the finish line just moments ago, after a 16-day marathon.

Claire, who is paralysed from the chest down, has become the first person to complete a marathon on 'bionic legs'.

Crowds gather to watch as Claire completes her challenge Credit: ITN

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Family of marathon runner urges donations to continue

Claire Squires collapsed and died on Birdcage Walk on Sunday. Credit: Justgiving.com

The family of Claire Squires, who died during the London Marathon on Sunday, has urged people to keep donating to her internet sponsorship page. Since the 30 year-old collapsed near the end of the marathon, hundreds of thousands of pounds have been donated to her chosen charity, the Samaritans.

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