‘Oar-inspiring’ effort sees Erith help to raise over £35k for local charity

The Erith Group were delighted to support Greenwich-based charity, The Ahoy Centre, in their annual ‘50km in a day’ challenge.

This past Saturday’s event saw nine nautical newcomers to rowing take to the River Thames and race each other from the Meridian line to the QE2 Bridge and back again. After a gruelling four hours, one minute and twenty-eight seconds, our formerly fresh-faced rowers were almost too tired to celebrate their hard-fought victory, (judging by Warren’s face in the picture below), but most did manage a smile!

All this friendly competition saw the event raise over £35,000 for the Ahoy Centre. Such a sizable contribution will enable the group to continue their worthy work; helping disadvantaged children, vulnerable youngsters and those with disabilities gain access to educational courses, qualifications and life-skills training.

The Erith Group thanks ‘Up Ship Creek’, (Mark, Lee, Chris, Warren, Guy, Natalie and Rob), for continuing our portfolio of charitable causes, as well as their winning effort!

An exhausted Mark Jack commented: “It was a great team effort and a fantastic day. Even though we ended up with a few blisters and some sore backs, we got a huge sense of achievement knowing that we have been able to help this great charity that works with disadvantaged, vulnerable and disabled young people. The whole team was thrilled to support the charity and a great day was topped off by our unexpected win.”