A HAMPSHIRE student prepares to canoe over 100 miles to raise money for charity.
Harold Berendsen, who studies at Barton Peveril Sixth Form College in Eastleigh, is raising money for nearby charity QE2 Activity Centre.
Traveling from Devizes to Westminster, the challenge will see Harold run 126 miles in the DW Canoe Race between April 15 and 18.
Following in the footsteps of his father, who finished the race twice, the student, who competes for the Southampton Canoe Club, will row for six hours a day.
Competing with their partner, Luke Fraser, the duo will briefly stop at carious checkpoints in order to refuel.
Harold said: “I was inspired to take on this challenge by my dad, who has completed the DW twice.
“I’ve always loved kayaking, but training for the DW meant kayaking on a completely different level.”
The former Romsey pupil also took part in four races of 16, 17, 24 and 30 miles to prepare.
“Fundraising for the QE2 Activity Center felt like a natural fit because it makes the activities I love accessible to people with additional needs who might not have had the opportunity to try. these activities if it were not for the center and the people who run it,” he added.
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“Friends of my parents lost their son at sea and they raised enough money for the Center to buy a specialized wheelchair-accessible boat.
“I went to the boat launch and it made me want to finish the kayak marathon for the benefit of the QE2 activity center.”
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