Issue date: 16th May 2013
Nine year old Tom Myers is undertaking the navigation of the River Lee to raise money for a new pedestrian bridge at Cody Dock (on the Lower tidal Lee) that will open up pedestrian access to the section of tow path that runs from Three Mills to Canning Town.
Over the past year Tom has fixed up his boat, saved enough money to buy an electric outboard motor and solar panel in preparation for exploring some of the UK’s rivers.
Tom and his boat the Kingfisher intend to leave from the Old Barge Inn in Hertford on Monday the 27th of May and will motor and paddle his way down the Lee, posting a daily record of his 26 mile long journey on his Facebook page until they reach the Thames.
Tom's father, Simon Myers, is a trained community boat skipper and he will be acting as his crew for the entire journey.
Tom is a keen bird watcher and environmentalist, keeping regular logs of the birds living around Cody Dock and helping out the Charity Thames 21 with their Eel monitoring at Bow Locks. Tom has also recently completed Thames 21's water quality monitoring training and will be keeping a log of the wildlife he sees and taking samples during his trip.
Tom has often commented how he feels really free on the water and whilst being a city kid this environment helps him feel close to nature and hopes to inspire others to get out there too.
Tom's boat is a two man rowing boat with a small electric outboard motor. He has his own windlass, maps, life jacket and first aid kit. All proceeds are going to the registered charity Gasworks Dock Partnership.
You can sponsor Tom by logging onto the Cody Dock crowd funding page