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Man gets set to kayak the Ouse in aid of Mind charity


By Lynn News Reporter


A man’s 70-mile journey down the River Great Ouse in a kayak will see him complete the six-day effort in West Norfolk.

Judd Chandler, of Huntingdon, will set off from Bedford on Monday and he is scheduled to finish his fundraising challenge in Lynn on Saturday, August 18.

Judd, who works as an accountant, is hoping the challenge will generate funds for mental health charity Mind, which he is fundraising for.

Judd Chandler who is set to kayak the River Great Ouse from Bedford to King's Lynn for charity. Photo: SUBMITTED. (3479899)
Judd Chandler who is set to kayak the River Great Ouse from Bedford to King's Lynn for charity. Photo: SUBMITTED. (3479899)

He said: “I chose the charity Mind as one-in-four people will suffer with mental health each year.”

If this was any other statistic then there would be “public outcry”, he added.

The journey will see Judd travel from Bedford to St Neots on Monday, on to Huntingdon on Tuesday, then to Earith on Wednesday, to Ely on Thursday, to Downham on Friday and culminating in Lynn on Saturday.

“While I have only anticipated doing the journey myself, I welcome anyone who wants to join me at any point,” he added.

“I am really looking forward to it, partly as it feels like it is something that has not been attempted before, even though I have spent hours trying to find someone that has done this before in the same capacity. So, while it is in East Anglia, and the river is probably somewhere in the back of most people’s minds who live near it, it does feel like an adventure.”

Judd intends to track his route and livestream the journey online so people can keep up-to-date with his progress.

Late last month, Judd flew the route on the back of a microlight to get a better perspective of what will be in store for him next week.

His employers, Whiting & Partners Ltd, are financially supporting the event.

Judd filmed his flight of the route, which can be viewed on the Whiting & Partners YouTube page.

To donate to the cause, visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/KayaktheOuse.



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