Charity: Canoe pair plan Grand Union marathon

Paddling pair Rupert Holloway and Fred Gamper have set themselves the challenge to kayak from Leeds to London, a distance of 300 miles across 180 locks, in just 10 days!

They have set themselves this challenge in order to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and the journey will snake them through the beautiful British waterways linking the cities of Nottingham, Leicester and Milton Keynes and down through Bucks and Herts to the capital.

They will be travelling totally unassisted, sleeping under the stars and carrying all of their equipment along the route. With just eight weeks of training to prepare them they have a lot of hard work ahead.

For Rupert and Fred, raising money for Cystic Fibrosis has personal meaning: their good friend Hannah died of the disease in 2002 aged only 17.

Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is one of the UK’s most common life-threatening and incurable inherited diseases. For a sufferer of CF a faulty gene results in the internal organs becoming clogged.

This leads to infections and inflammation making it hard to breathe and digest food. Each week five babies are born with CF and two young lives are lost to the disease. Only half of those living with CF are likely to live past their late 30s.

All monies raised from this event will be going to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Your generous donations will help fund research into effective treatments and provide daily support for CF sufferers.

The duo’s Canoe Believe challenge is sponsored by Clifton Energy. To offer your support please visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/canoebelieveit – to check on their progress visit www.facebook.com/Canoebelieveit