World record ocean rower to host beach clean in Weston

Kiko Matthews will host a beach clean on Saturday. Picture: Caroline Wilson

Kiko Matthews will host a beach clean on Saturday. Picture: Caroline Wilson - Credit: Archant

A world record holder will host a beach clean in Weston on Saturday.

Kiko Matthews broke the female cross Atlantic solo rowing record last year and is now aiming to cycle 7,200km of the Great British coastline, participating in more than 70 beach cleans along the way.

Kiko, who had never rowed before, never been to sea and had brain surgery six months before her departure, made the crossing in 49 days.

She raised more than £100,000 for Kings College Hospital, which saved her life.

She built a community of women and girls to support her in the run up to and during the crossing and is aiming to bring communities together while engaging and educating them on the issue of plastics in our oceans.

She said: "I needed a community to support me while I was alone at sea and in exchange I wanted to show these women anything is possible if you work together and support each other.

"This challenge isn't just about cleaning up our beaches, it aims to bring communities together and is a great excuse to get outside with nature and do something positive for the planet and our health and well-being, all at once."

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The Kik-Plastic tour has seen Kiko and team work with various organisations to help collect 278kg of waste and engage 304 volunteers across the UK.

Cycling approximately 60 miles per day for nearly three months, Kiko is also encouraging cyclists to join.

The group will meet outside Play Wild, on the Beach Lawns at 11am.

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