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Fowey teenagers gear up for canoe marathon challenge

By mwill  |  Posted: March 23, 2013

Fergus de Grey-Warter, Jake Sandy, Oscar Sioufi and Ben Bridge

Fergus de Grey-Warter, Jake Sandy, Oscar Sioufi and Ben Bridge

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Four Fowey teenagers are planning to canoe around their local harbour for a marathon 12 hours to raise money for the RNLI, the charity that saves lives at sea.

Fergus de Grey-Warter (14), Ben Bridge (14), Oscar Sioufi (13) and Jake Sandy (14) will take to the water in shifts from 7am on Saturday 30 March.

The boys, who all go to Fowey Community College, have enlisted help from their families and the local lifeboat station and plan to stay on the water until 7pm in the evening. Fergus says they want to raise as much money as possible:

"We all spend a lot of time on the water and we know the RNLI will always be there for us so we want to give something back. We think the actual canoeing will be relatively easy for us, but the hard part will be keeping warm, not getting too tired and changing over between shifts in the canoes. We're using one two-man canoe so will be taking to the water in shifts.

Guy Botterill, RNLI Fundraising Manager, says he's really impressed by the challenge and the commitment of the teenagers involved;

"Teenagers get so much bad press that it's really exciting to hear from four lads willing to put so much effort in to supporting our charity.  Their commitment is as impressive as that shown by our volunteer crews and I wish them every success with the 12-hour challenge."

The 12-hour canoe will start from Town Quay in Fowey at 7am on Saturday 30 March and RNLI collectors will be there throughout the day. Supporters can also contribute via the Internet on JustGiving

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