Eleven men, brave and true, accept the final 2016 challenge to raise awareness of and donations to Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund.
A marathon fundraising campaign that started with an icy New Year’s Day dip ends this August with a 200-mile rowing challenge as the Row Cornwall crew set off from Fowey on an eight day trip around the Cornish coast.
Starting on August 5, the 11-strong team, all friends from St Austell and Fowey, will row (seven at a time) in a Cornish pilot gig right around the coast of Cornwall, also taking in an 18-mile cycle ride between Calstock and Bude to enable them to begin and finish the challenge in Fowey Harbour.
The aim is to raise money to fund much-needed research into pancreatic cancer and the team have already smashed their initial £10,000 target. A string of events, including a community fun day, charity auction, and pub bingo evenings, all held over the past eight months, have brought in over £16,500.
Tressa Hancock is organising the campaign along with husband Will, who is also one of the rowers. “This is the big event that the crew has been waiting for and they are very excited,” she says. “It’s been months of hard work – lots of training, as well as organising extra events to raise as much money as possible and also to keep momentum and motivation going. We can’t wait to see the lads set off from Fowey Harbour on August 5.”
The team chose Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund as their charity because they wanted to support family members and friends who have been affected by this disease.
“We’ve had phenomenal support from so many individuals and organisations around Cornwall and we’re very grateful to everyone who has helped us with our campaign,” says Will. “We’ll be coming ashore every night during the row to carry on raising money and awareness, so please do come and cheer us on if you can.”
Maggie Blanks, founder of Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund, says: “The Row Cornwall team have always looked like they’ve been having so much fun in all of the fundraising events they’ve completed throughout this year! We’re so proud that they chose to fund raise for us and so grateful for all their hard work. They’ve raised a phenomenal amount of money, and this will be spent supporting the very best research to help beat pancreatic cancer.”
If you would like to cheer the Row Cornwall Team on their way, they will be setting off from Fowey Harbour at 9am on Friday, August 5.
The crew will not to stopping at Newquay but they expect to pass by on day five, on Tuesday, August 9 on their way from Rock to St Ives. The ETA along Newquay shores is midday. If you see a Cornish gig and crew cutting their way through Newquay waters, please give them an encouraging cheer and waves of support :))
Should you be able to support the Row Cornwall attempt financially please donate £5 by texting Crew83 £5 to 70070, or give what you can spare via their JustGiving page.
As long as a telephone signal is available there will be regular up-dates during the eight day challenge. Those involved in the row would love anyone who spots and photographs their attempt to upload the images to the Row Cornwall Facebook page. More information about the challenge can be found at Row Cornwall.