The 1st Colchester Company of the Boys’ Brigade has raised £562 for charity by kayaking 24 miles (39km) of the River Stour.
Five boys and three leaders took part, with parents and helpers assisting at portage points and the overnight camping spot at Rushbanks Farm in Wissington. The route went from Sudbury to the sea wall in Cattawade, taking in weirs, locks, fallen trees, tunnels, very low bridges and some stretches barely passable due to low water levels.
Justine Collins, says: “Thank you very much to the Boys’ Brigade for organising this sponsored kayak event. The money raised will help us continue caring for the 49 children and young people with life-threatening conditions in Essex we currently support, as well as their families.”
The 1st Colchester Boys’ Brigade was started in 1901 at Culver Street Methodist Church. It moved to Castle Methodist Church in 1970. Members, of which there are 24 currently, work towards individual badge achievement awards covering aspects such as skills, physical, community and Christian faith. The highest award for Seniors is the Queen’s award and those young men can also work towards Duke of Edinburgh awards.