Cirencester canoeists raise £10,000 by rowing the length of the River Thames
A TEAM of Cirencester canoeists who paddled the length of the River Thames has raised £10,000 for the forces charity Help for Heroes.
The Barchester Thames River Challenge team started their journey from Hunter’s Care Centre in Cirencester and finished up at Teddington Lock in London seven days later.
Along the way the team had to sleep in tents on the riverbanks and prevail against 40 mile an hour crosswinds.
The group presented their cheque for £10,000 to the charity’s founders, Bryn and Emma Parry, at the Help for Heroes Tin Hut in Tidworth.
Bryn Parry, chief executive of H4H, said: “It was a massive team effort, completing a total of 123 miles by canoe and we are extremely grateful for this contribution to the charity.”
The team from Barchester was joined on the weeklong jaunt by the Band of Brothers from Tedworth House Recovery Centre and staff from Help for Heroes.
Malcolm McDonald, leader of the Thames River Challenge, said: “Barchester Healthcare has a longstanding relationship with the Tedworth Recovery Centre, which is run and funded by Help for Heroes.
“It was all we needed to drive us on and succeed in rowing to raise money for such a worthy cause.”
The team is on track to reach their £20,000 target and collect another £10,000 for Barchester’s Charitable Foundation.
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