A TEAM of soldiers and veterans are kayaking 280 miles from Preston Brook to London.

The group is planning to raise money for a memorial to veterans who have lost their lives to suicide.

The team will kayak down a canal network and then down the Thames.

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Sgt Edward Mackenzie, 44, who is organising the mission said: "My reason for doing this is that I want a memorial for all the veterans from the Navy, Army, and RAF that have committed suicide to be remembered at the National memorial arboretum."

Sgt Mackenzie served 24 years in the Infantry and two years Royal Signals (Reserves).

The team consists of three kayakers, one cyclist who will cycle along the tow path, as well as a support vehicle.

The route will pass through Henley on Thames and Oxford.

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The team hopes some members of the public will come and support them as they pass through the county.

You can donate to the fundraiser here.

The fundraiser's mission is: "Our aim is to erect a memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum to remember our fellow brothers and sisters, lost to suicide after they have finished their service for their country.

​"This has been a turbulent time for everyone in the UK and the toll of isolation on the mental health of many has been heavy.

"There are many for whom previous military service has left mental scars which have been exacerbated by the lockdown.

"These people need and deserve our help. Those who have fallen to their illnesses should and will be remembered.

"It is our hope that our efforts will raise further awareness of the struggle of veterans suffering from mental health issues and encourage more to seek help.

​"In addition, the memorial statue will hopefully provide a place for contemplation and gathering for those affected by the loss of a friend or loved one through suicide."

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