Family to run King’s Lynn race for charity in memory of kite surfer

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Relatives of a kite surfer who died earlier this month have signed up to take part in the Grand East Anglia Run (GEAR) in his memory.

Sean Sands, 49, died after getting into difficulty off Hunstanton on March 7.

Now, friends and members of his family have joined forces to raise funds for Help for Heroes in his memory by completing the 10 kilometre race around Lynn on May 3.

Mr Sands, a former soldier in the Territorial Army, had been due to take part in the event for the same cause.

Running under the Team Sands banner, the group has already raised almost £3,000 on a Just Giving webpage.

A message on the page on Thursday said: “Overwhelmed by the amount of support we’ve received, thank you to every single person that’s donated.”

Meanwhile, friends and former colleagues have continued to pay tribute to Mr Sands, a popular member of the Hunstanton Sailing Club and a well-known supporter of the town’s Round Table.

Steve Clout said on the Team Sands page: “Sean was a big character and will be missed by all his friends in 81 Signal Squadron. it was an honour to serve with you.”

Anyone who wishes to donate can do so at www.just