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Soham fundraiser Charlie, nine, goes kneeboarding at West Norfolk club for Oxfam

Charlie Saberton charity Knee/ Wakeboard ANL-160616-173002001
Charlie Saberton charity Knee/ Wakeboard ANL-160616-173002001

A charity fundraiser with a difference will be held on the Great Ouse Relief Channel this weekend.

In the spotlight will be keen watersports youngster Charlie Saberton, who will be raising money for Oxfam in a sponsored wakeboard and kneeboard challenge.

Nine-year-old Charlie aims to cover 10 miles of the waterway, with two trips from the Fenland Water Ski Club at St Germans to Magdalen Bridge and back.

His proud mum Rachel, said: “We hope the weather will be kind as we rely on the right wind speed to carry out the activity. We hope to do this on Saturday, July 23, or if the weather isn’t kind, a date as close as we can for him to achieve this.

“It all came about after a discussion over poverty in the world one Friday morning at breakfast time.

“His sister asked for some toast but then refused to eat it. I said ‘there are people in the world that don’t always get to eat food’ and Charlie then interrupted saying how there are people in the world who have to drink dirty water.

“Charlie said he would donate £10 of his money to charity but I suggested he could always do a sponsored something, where you raise money for charity doing something he is good at.”

Rachel added: “Charlie is a water baby and as he has grown older he has become very passionate about the sport and is fortunate that he spends a lot of weekends getting wet.

“We even had to invest in a warmer wetsuit as he was wanting to kneeboard and wakeboard in the colder months.”

The family live at Soham and Charlie has already exceeded his initial £200 target.

You can help by donating at www.justgiving.com/Charlie-saberton