Mum’s tribute to her ‘wonderful’ son who died in canoe tragedy

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A MUM has paid tribute to her “wonderful, loving and caring” son after he tragically lost his life in a canoeing accident.

Margaret Kendrew, 50, told the Mail her beautiful son Grant Kinnie would do anything for anyone and always put others first.

Margaret was left devastated after Grant lost his life while out leading a group of students on a outdoor activities day.

Grant was in a canoe, in the River Eamont, near Penrith, when it suddely tipped over, leaving him trapped underneath.

Paramedics and the Great North Air Ambulance raced to the scene and 25-year-old Grant was flown to the Royal Victoria Infirmary Hospital, in Newcastle.

He sadly lost his life shortly after.

Despite the tragic death, Margaret said Grant died doing something he loved and said she always been immensely proud of her boy.

“He absolutely loved his job,” said Margaret, a dental nurse, who lives in Darlington with husband, Nigel, 57, a dentist.

“He loved being outside, he loved it on the water and he wouldn’t have had it any other way.

“Grant would never have forgiven himself if something had happened to the students that day.”

Margaret added: “He will be so sorely missed by so many people.

“Grant was a peacekeeper, if he ever saw any fights or anything like that going on he would go over and try to stop it.

“He got on with everyone.

“It’s devastating to lose him so early, but I will always be so proud of Grant, he was a real gentleman.”

Grant was born in Alderwood Close, in Hartlepool, but moved to Darlington when he was 18-months-old.

He was working as a freelance instructor at Patterdale Hall outdoor education centre when the incident happened at around lunchtime on Sunday.

Four other instructors and 11 students escaped without serious injury.

One 14-year-old was taken to the nearby Cumberland Infirmary.

As well as mum Margaret, Grant leaves behind his dad, Iain Kinnie, 54, sister, Erin Kinnie, 22, step-sister Laura Kendrew, 27, stepbrother, Guy Kendrew, 25, girlfriend, Liz Ali, and a nephew and a niece.