A TEAM of Oxford kayakers have set off on a four-day attempt to paddle the River Thames.

The eight paddlers from The Athlete Centre in Oxford will attempt to kayak from Lechlade to London to raise funds for Oxford Food Bank.

Paddling for 10 hours each day, the team hope to complete their 150-mile journey on Monday.

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Kayaker James Shields said: "The food bank was the obvious choice for us: they are local, they stand for the values we believe in, and we know that every penny we raise will be appreciated and go a long way to helping them and the people of Oxfordshire most in need."

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Oxford Food Bank collects fresh food that would otherwise be thrown away from wholesalers and supermarkets, and delivers it for free to over 100 charities around Oxfordshire.

Chairman of trustees for the food bank Paul Medley said: "We are impressed and immensely grateful for all their hard work."

The team set off early on Thursday morning and hope to arrive in London on Monday.

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Hannah Tindale from Wantage said: “I'm doing this with my partner Peter, so not only will this be a physical test, but also a massive test on our relationship – let's hope we're still smiling when we get to St. Katharine's Dock!”

Having already raised £3,000 for the Food Bank, they hope to get even more through sponsorship.

Find out more at justgiving.com/fundraising/tac-kayak