Two Eton College boys are taking on a mammoth kayak challenge in order to raise money for a garden at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

Sam Selby and Gus Fowle, both 16, are going to tackle the Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race for charity. The race is a staggering 125 miles long and takes place across the Easter weekend.

The boys are raising money for the Horatio’s Garden charity in order to build a garden at the Bucks hospital.

Horatio’s Garden was set up in memory of a young man called Horatio Chapple whose life was tragically cut short when he was killed by a polar bear while on an expedition to Svalbard in 2011 at the age of 17.

Sam said: “I chose to compete in the Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race because it will be a tremendous challenge, especially as I have only been kayaking since January.

“We chose to support Horatio’s Garden because Horatio was a student at Eton College in our house and we admire the vision that he had.”

“I have worked as a volunteer at Horatio’s Garden, Salisbury hospital and seen the pleasure that the garden gives to the patients and their families.”