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Local hero’s birthday paddle for charity

Stephen Lamb from Lutterworth – team leader of Leicestershire Search and Rescue for the past six years and a former Royal Marine – always does ‘something different’ to celebrate his birthday – and this year will be no exception. 

On Sunday 14th April, he will set off from Foxton Locks at 08:00 on a six-day, 120-mile paddle down the Grand Union Canal, portaging the 166 locks between Leicester and London, and sleeping alongside the tow path.

Having ‘given his new canoe a good try-out’ and become expert at ‘learning j-strokes on the hoof’, Steve expects to arrive at the Tower of London in time for his 52nd birthday. 

Leicester Time: Local hero's birthday paddle for charity
Picture: Stephen Lamb

He says: “I normally tackle something to do with running to mark my birthdays, but decided to do something a bit different this year, something that’s a bit kinder on the knees! But it will still be tough. Portaging all those locks won’t be easy – the two, one-mile tunnels will be challenging and I’ll be enduring hardships in being completely self-sufficient along the way – but it’s all part of the Marines’ ethos! 

As a former Royal Marines Commando, it is important to me to give back to the Corps and its wider family. As a young Marine, it gave me so many life skills and values – I’m still grateful for those skills and implement its values on a daily basis.” 

Steve is also raising much-needed funds for RMA – The Royal Marines Charity and, to date, has already raised almost £4,000 (including Gift Aid).

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