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During 2017/2018 I undertook a year long project kayaking and stand up paddle boarding the main rivers in Suffolk, collecting and recording litter with a specific focus on plastic bottles.  These finds were plotted in an attempt to discover any patterns, trends or hotspots and raise awareness of the impact of plastic pollution. 

The tidal sections of these rives are approximately 50 miles in total, however over the year I paddling a lot more than that!

I was very pleased with the funds I was able to raise for Surfers Against Sewage and even happier with the publicity and awareness we were able to raise during the project.

I would like to thank everyone who supported the project or sponsored me.

Alex Goodchild

Surfers Against Sewage Regional Rep

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  • To raise awareness of the impact of marine litter.
  • To raise support for Surfers Against Sewage marine litter campaigns, especially the 'Message in a Bottle' campaign which calls for a nationwide Deposit Return System (DRS)
  • I also completed this as part of my Gold Duke of Edinburgh award!


  • River Deben - January-April, starting at Woodbridge and finishing at Bawdsey on the North Sea.

  • River Orwell - May-August, starting at Suffolk's county town Ipswich and finishing at Felixstowe - one of Europe's largest container ports. 
  • River Alde - September-January, starting at Snape and finishing at Orfordness on the North Sea.


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  • Please support Surfers Against Sewage through my Just Giving Page or join as a member to support their great work.
  • Volunteer for an organised Beach Clean - Watch Twitter or SAS website for details on planned events.
  • Join in by completing a mini beach clean each time you visit the coast.
  • Try and reduce how much Single Use Plastic you use!