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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.

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Kayakers paddle 150 miles to raise money

A first-time kayaker has paddled 150 miles from Cricklade to Teddington Lock to raise money to help get his step-daughter to the US for medical treatment.

ITV London spoke to Tony De Vreis and Nick Riley at the finish line of their journey.

They are raising money for 7 year old Isabell who still can't walk, talk or even eat unaided. She suffers from a rare chromosome disorder which has hampered her development. She's the only child in the UK with this particular abnormality.

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Record breaking Kayak Channel crossing

A girl from Enfield has become the youngest ever female to Kayak across the English Channel.

Maia Wallace-Loizou completed the voyage with 15-year old Dylan Barber-May to raise money for the The Leaside Trust, a charity that they both attend in Hackney.

The team setting off yesterday morning

Leaside provides outdoor activities for disadvantaged young people, including kayaking, canoeing, mountain biking and orienteering. They also take inner-city children on adventure trips all over the UK.

Mid-Channel with a ferry pictures in the background.
France's landfall in sight.

Dylan and Maia paddled 20 miles across the Channel in 4 hours 15 minutes

Maia Wallace-Loizou gives the thumbs up after arriving successfully