Charity paddleboarders raising money for a new Magpas air ambulance stop off at Ely

Justin Miles and Christian Bumke, who are paddleboarding from Cambridge to King's Lynn in aid of Mag

Justin Miles and Christian Bumke, who are paddleboarding from Cambridge to King's Lynn in aid of Magpas, with Leonie of Ely Island Pie and other supporters. PHOTO: Mike Rouse. - Credit: Archant

Two adventurers who are paddleboarding from Cambridge to Denver for charity made stop in Ely to meet supporters and have a bite to eat.

Justin Miles and Christian Bumke, who are paddleboarding from Cambridge to King's Lynn in aid of Mag

Justin Miles and Christian Bumke, who are paddleboarding from Cambridge to King's Lynn in aid of Magpas, with Mayor of Ely, Councillor Mike Rouse. PHOTO: Mike Rouse. - Credit: Archant

Justin Miles and Christian Bunke, who are raising funds for a new Magpas Air Ambulance, made a lunch stop at riverside restaurant The Cutter Inn.

Before making their way to King’s Lynn, the pair enjoyed an afternoon break in Ely where they were greeted with a picnic and welcome banners organised by local residents including Leonie Smith, who runs Ely Island Pie.

Justin Miles and Christian Bumke, who are paddleboarding from Cambridge to King's Lynn in aid of Mag

Justin Miles and Christian Bumke, who are paddleboarding from Cambridge to King's Lynn in aid of Magpas. PHOTO: Mike Rouse. - Credit: Archant

She tweeted: “At last, not long after the clouds parted and the sun came out, two weary paddleboarders arrived in #Ely, had a quick fish finger sandwich at The Cutter and were away again! So glad you stopped by.”

Two Magpas medics were also at the picnic to welcome Justin and Christian, and told everyone about their work and what the new ambulance will mean for their team.

Justin Miles and Christian Bumke, who are paddleboarding from Cambridge to King's Lynn in aid of Mag

Justin Miles and Christian Bumke, who are paddleboarding from Cambridge to King's Lynn in aid of Magpas, with Leonie Smith of Ely Island Pie. PHOTO: Mike Rouse. - Credit: Archant


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After the picnic, the paddleboarders headed for a BBQ hosted by Fenland Bushcraft before travelling to their overnight camp in the pitch black at night.

Whilst journeying across the water, they are carrying bin liners to pick litter from the River Cam as they go – a ‘two minute beach clean’ as Justin called it on Twitter.

Justin Miles and Christian Bumke, who are paddleboarding from Cambridge to King's Lynn in aid of Mag

Justin Miles and Christian Bumke, who are paddleboarding from Cambridge to King's Lynn in aid of Magpas. PHOTO: Mike Rouse. - Credit: Archant

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After a morning coffee, Justin and Christian are now back on their paddleboard and on the way to King’s Lynn.

To follow their journey search @ExplorerJust on Twitter.

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