West Kingsdown youngster Ollie Chamberlain, 7, canoes Thames to raise funds for EllenorLions hospice

West Kingsdown youngster, 7, canoes Thames to raise funds for hospice

Ollie at the prow of the Canadian canoe.

Ollie with dad Danny.

The little man takes a break.

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An intrepid young fundraiser from West Kingsdown has raised more than £2,200 for charity by canoeing almost the length of the Thames with his dad.

Seven-year-old Ollie Chamberlain joined dad Danny, 46, in paddling 165 miles along the river from Cricklade in north Wiltshire to central London.

The week-long odyssey involved 10 hour days in the 100-year-old Canadian canoe with Ollie setting off on July 23 and finishing on July 30.

Through this challenge the West Kingsdown Primary School pupil has so far raised more than £2,200 for EllenorLions hospice.

Last year father and son cycled 650 miles from Holmfen to Ben Nevis on a tandem bike to raise more than £4,000 for the hospice.

Mum Sasha Pitman, 37, said: "I could not be prouder of them and it’s just amazing to see what they can do.

"I don’t think I could paddle six miles let alone 165.

"We have lost grandparents and neighbours to cancer and we have seen how much the hospice help people who need it."

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