While some of us spend Easter weekend on the sofa, scoffing chocolate and watching old movies, four young men will kayak 125 miles to raise money in support of our work.

Eton College students William Dobbs and three of his friends are taking part in the Devizes to Westminster Challenge. They will paddle down the Avon and Kennet Canal and the Thames in two man K2 kayaks, bedding down in a tent each night. The boys have been training hard over the last few months enduring gruelling sessions in the gym and very early starts.

They said: “This race is dubbed the ‘Canoeist’s Everest’. We will paddle 125 miles (200km) over four days, with 77 portages along the way. That’s around 24 hours spent on the water.”

This is a serious challenge, requiring grit and determination so please make all the hard work and training worthwhile by sponsoring William (second from left) and his friends Jack (far left), Henry (third from left) and Hal (far right). Your kind gift will make a great difference to young people who are leaving care, by helping them to achieve their career goals and improving their confidence and self-esteem.

You can make a donation here.