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Congratulations to Dave for completing a once in a lifetime charity row


Our very own Dave Johnson completes a charity row across the English Channel

On Thursday 19th June 2014 eight rowers including Devon Tree Services employee Dave Johnson completed a gruelling 12 and a quarter hour row from Weymouth to the Channel Islands crossing the busy English Channel in a fibre glass Cornish Pilot Gig. They arrived drained, tired but elated to a crowd of cheering islanders who had gathered to welcome them from their exhausting journey, all satisfied that they had given their all to complete this challenge.

With several members of the River Teign Rowing Club suffering from, or affected by, cancer it was decided that more money could be raised for the worthwhile Cancer Research UK charity. Encouraged by the club and inspired by some of the suffering that other club members were going through with their fight against cancer, training began enthusiastically in January 2014 with the rowers building their endurance through long rows of one hour building up to two, then three and four hour rows, in addition to individual fitness training.

At 0600 hours on Thursday 19th of June 2014 and in near perfect weather conditions the eight rowers left land and set off from safe harbour. They were accompanied by a safety yacht. The yacht would provide essential emergency support should it be needed and plotted a safe course through the busy shipping lanes as well as the fast racing tidal currents off Weymouth and Alderney.

After 12 and a quarter gruelling and heroic hours the team made it to their destination at 1815 hours. The welcome that was given from the islanders, was overwhelming, they had been patiently waiting for several hours for the team to arrive, and once they did, enthusiastically guided them straight in to the sailing club bar!

On return to Teignmouth the crew gathered the sponsorship money. A grand total of £7,500 was raised of which £3,750 went to Cancer Research UK. This cheque was handed over to Cancer Research representative, Annabel Coakley, at a presentation evening hosted by the Ship Inn, Teignmouth on Friday 18 July 2014.

A huge congratulations goes out to Dave and the rest of the team for not only completing a Herculean task, but also raising a lot of money for a very worthy cause.

Congratulations to Dave for completing a once in a lifetime charity row