Champion kayakers to tackle the Thames for Richard House

Published: March 17, 2015

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Two champion kayakers will be sticking their paddles in for the hospice come April, when they take on the Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race.

Leanne Brown from Barking and her partner Aaron Jordan from Rainham in Kent will kayak 125 miles non-stop along the Thames.

Leanne started kayaking when she was just eight and has gone on to win multiple national titles and compete at numerous international events. She competed in the Junior World Sprint Championships in 2005 along with the European Sprint and Marathons.

Aaron also started kayaking when he was eight and has competed to the highest level at marathon racing, being ranked in Division 1 and his achievements have included competing in the senior men’s K2 at the Marathon World Championships in 2010.

The pair first found out about Richard House several years ago when Leanne visited the hospice and donated toys on behalf of HSBC bank, where her mum works. “I instantly realised what a great life it gives children who are unwell and provides them with as much care as they need. It also helps families during sad times,” she says.

“We’re hoping to raise as much as possible as the money is going to a great cause we both care deeply about. My father and his mates at the Royal Oak pub in Barking have raised money for the charity, so we wanted to do our bit too.”

“Aaron and I both compete nationally and internationally throughout the year, but we’ve never done an event as far as this one. It’s a big challenge and I hope we can live up to it, especially as we are doing it for a children’s hospice. There’s always a possibility of winning, but we would both rather just get to the finish line!”

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Pictured: Aaron and Leanne training for the race