RAF Marham Canoeist’s Raise Money for West Norfolk’s Kandoo Club

Two RAF servicemen who took part in the challenging Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race have presented a cheque for £2,415 to the King’s Lynn Kandoo Club.

WO Chandler from RAF Cranwell and Sgt Duff from RAF Marham came 10th out of 161 competitors in the annual international race, which covers 125 miles and 77 portages (locks).

The duo wanted to compete in the race for the mental and physical challenge for what is arguably the toughest canoe race in the world. After months of planning and preparation for the race the guys took on the further challenge of raising money for a West Norfolk group who provide unique sporting opportunities for young people with disabilities.

Ian Bullen, Chairman of the Kandoo Club said: “The young people and parents who use the club are overwhelmed by the generosity people have shown in supporting this challenge. We are delighted that WO Chandler and Sgt Duff chose the Kandoo Club as their chosen charity and we can’t thank them enough for their hard work and dedication.”

Paul Edwards, parent, added; “My daughter Lily (9) loves coming to the group. The group is invaluable, it enables the young people to make new friends, keep fit and experience activities they otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity to. This fantastic donation will give a huge boost to the club.”

Sgt Duff, RAF Canoeist,”WO Chandler and myself chose to support the Kandoo Club as it is a local group and unique in the opportunities it offers disabled youngsters. As keen sportsmen ourselves we also wanted a charity with a sporting flavour and seeing and meeting the wonderful young people from the Kandoo Club kept us motivated to keep going through the small hours of the race when fatigue and pain threatened to take over.”

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