Hampshire cadets row for miles to raise cash for charity

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ARMY cadets spent a day rowing in aid of charities.

The youngsters, who are all from the Portsmouth area, joined almost 100 other cadets at their county headquarters in Winchester.

In teams, they spent hours rowing on machines until they had reached the 100km (62 miles) target.

The day raised cash for charities including St Dunstan’s, Naomi House and Army Cadet Force charity.

Organiser Colonel Rod Lambert said: ‘We decided on rowing as it is something achievable for the cadets but at the same time it would be a big challenge for them.

‘This is the first time the county has attempted anything like this and we set an ambitious target.

‘The charities were selected because Naomi House is a local organisation for terminally ill children and St Dunstan’s helps soldiers who have lost sight, many from the current conflict in Afghanistan.’

Prizes were given out to the cadets who completed the challenge in the fastest times and had the most sponsorship.