A team of extra-oar-dinary rowers from the Lady Eleanor Holles and Hampton School rowing squad, along with a number of their parents, took on the challenge of rowing 80 miles along the River Thames to raise money for Shooting Star Chase. 

The teams of over 120 amazing participants didn’t let the cold, wet and windy conditions dampen their spirits as they set off in over 12 boats, with 6 support boats, to row the route from Radley near Oxford to the Millennium Boathouse in Hampton.

LEH and Hampton River Row

The arduous attempt took them through 28 locks, over two days, and despite the awful weather all boats powered on to reach their destination! What’s even more impressive is some of the parent rowers had never set foot in a rowing boat until this summer when training began! Over the two day challenge some of the parents alternated rowing with preparing much needed sustenance for the teams as well as providing support – cheering them on to the very end!

Hampton School Charity River Row

The team have smashed their original target of £25,000 – with the current total at a £63,000 and still counting! A huge thank you to everyone involved for ‘pulling together’ to help make every moment count for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families.

Georgina Brookes, Community Fundraiser at Shooting Star Chase, said “We are delighted that Hampton and LEH Schools once again took on this epic challenge in support of Shooting Star Chase. Rowing through driving rain and strong winds throughout the weekend, they should feel very proud of their accomplishment. Raising an amazing £63,000 will make a significant difference to our charity. Thank you!”

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