Westfield Stratford – Fundraiser!

Ella Hewton By

Westfield Stratford – 12 hour row

At the beginning of the month, as most of you probably know if you follow our journey, we had a 12h row fundraising event at Westfield Stratford. Seems like a lifetime ago now, so much has happened between then and now.

We rowed from 9am-9pm; just the smallest taste of endurance rowing and what we’re letting ourselves in for! We took it in turns to do 1 hour shifts rather than the 2hr shifts that we will be doing on the ocean though. We were obviously on stable ground, with lots going on around us (something that will not be the case in the middle of the Pacific Ocean!), however, the elements were still something to contend with! Alright, so not quite an ocean storm but that wind was pretty fierce – we even had to take some of our pop-up banners down at some stages!

A cold, grey early September day, yet our friends and family turned up to support and hold buckets, spreading the word of our adventure and cause to the passers-by – thank you! The public were great, asking questions, emptying pockets and getting involved in our fastest 500m competition. We had 3 Musto jackets provided by our sponsor RayMarine for the winners of each category; male, female and U16.

Congratulations to our winners:

  • Fastest Male: Tony Smith – 1.31min
  • Fastest Female: Julia Sutton – 1.59min
  • Fastest U16: Jessica Tiley – 2.10min

We also had some Paralympians coming to help out and get involved on the way back from the National Paralympic Day in Olympic Park! More support came before the day from our wonderful printers Azo Print, supplying us with our business cards, leaflets and a banner! The rowing machines were kindly supplied by The Rowing Company who continue to support us. Our thanks go to all of these super people!

It’s amazing how many people you can meet in a day! We had loads of kids getting involved too which was great, some of them the first time they’d been on an ergometer. We even met the most inspiring lady who had fought Breast Cancer 3 times and she came and completed the 500m challenge! It’s people like her that have inspired us and they are the very reason why we’ve chosen Breast Cancer Care as our charity. Such strength and courage.

Overall a hugely successful day, and met some incredible people. And we raised just under £1000 split between going towards the boat (which is being fitted with electrics as we speak!!)­ and Breast Cancer Care. This couldn’t have been done without the continuing support of our kind sponsors – thank you!

If you’d like to support us you can Buy A Mile of our 8,446 mile journey across the Pacific Ocean and have your name written on our inspiration wall inside the cabin. http://www.coxlesscrew.com/buy-a-mile/


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