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Devizes to Westminster Intl Canoe Race

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Sam Selby and Gus Fowle

Sam and Gus have taken on this tremendous 125 mile kayaking challenge to raise money to help build Horatio's Garden at Stoke Mandeville hospital.

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Horatio's Garden

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Sam and Gus are students at Eton College who are raising money for Horatio's Garden. Horatio was a student at Eton, in their house at school before his life was tragically cut short at 17, when his camp was attacked by a polar bear while on an expedition in Svalbard in 2011.

Horatio had wanted to study medicine and as a volunteer at Salisbury hospital had identified through his research, that spinal injury patients stays were between 6 & 9 months in hospital. As a result they needed a garden to which they could escape from sterile hospital wards, for relaxation time with friends & family.

Horatio's Garden Salisbury was set up in his memory and a second Horatio's Garden Glasgow opened in 2016.
Patients can take part in activities in the garden organised by the charity, including garden therapy,art therapy, food events & music concerts.

The planned third Horatio's Garden which is to be built at Stoke Mandeville, has been designed by Joe Swift, a talented garden designer & television celebrity.

Sam and Gus are kayaking together in a K2 and hoping to raise a large sum of money so that the Horatio's Garden at Stoke Mandeville can be built this summer 2017.

Event details

Devizes to Westminster Intl Canoe Race

The Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race is a most challenging canoe race set over 4 days starting Good Friday and finishing Easter Monday.
It starts in Devizes, Wiltshire and finishes in Westminster opposite the Houses of Parliament.

The race is a severe test of skill, physical and mental stamina and planning.

The race is 125 miles long and has 77 portages.
The first 52 miles are along the Kennet and Avon Canal to Reading, the next 55 miles are on the River Thames to Teddington. The final 17 miles section is on the tidal portion of the Thames.

Event date

14-April-2017 00:00  - 
17-April-2017 00:00

Event type

Devizes to Westminster Intl Canoe Race

Event is completed


Dear Sam Congratulations on your great achievement completing the 125 mile kayak challenge. We are very impressed at what you and Gus have done to support Horatio's Garden.
Donation by Ger and Jean
on 05-08-2017
£25.00 gift aid
Incredible achievement! Well done Sam, Alan and Gaynor
Donation by Alan and Gaynor for Sam
on 24-05-2017
£12.50 gift aid
Sam Congratulations on your Devizes to Westminster Canoe Marathon success.
Donation by Martin and Joy
on 10-05-2017
£0.00 gift aid
Donation by Alice Irwin
on 09-05-2017
£6.25 gift aid
Gus & Sam Brilliant effort & tremendous result Many congratulations
Donation by The Tremletts
on 01-05-2017
£7.50 gift aid
Donation by The Gordons
on 28-04-2017
£7.50 gift aid
Well done Gus - great effort.
Donation by The Hillearys
on 27-04-2017
£7.50 gift aid
Well done Sam and Gus - really sorry forgot about you! But hope this isn't too late. Annabel and Simon Brooks-Ward
Donation by Anonymous
on 27-04-2017
£12.50 gift aid
Well done Gus and Sam, what a fantastic achievement. Lots of love ALL the Fordhams XX
Donation by Anonymous
on 27-04-2017
£12.50 gift aid
Dear Sam and Gus Well done in your tremendous challenge successfully kayaking in the Devizes to Westminster Race. Ali
Donation by Ali Dereham
on 27-04-2017
£0.00 gift aid

Donation summary

Online Donations: £5,665.00
Offline Donations: £850.00
Total Raised: £6,515.00
Total Raised
with gift aid:    £7,598.75

Donations closed

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