Sailor will be rowing for lifeboat station

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A GYM user will be rowing 20 miles without ever leaving dry land to raise money for a lifeboat station appeal.

Charles Brisley will be rowing the distance on one of the machines at his regular gym to help raise money for Hamble Lifeboat Station Appeal.

Hamble Lifeboat is looking to raise £500,000 to build a new station to replace its outdated and now inadequate prefabricated boathouse.

The 38-year-old, from Whiteley, said: ‘I enjoy sailing and crew on a yacht based on the Hamble.

‘My position on a yacht is usually as mast man which requires a good level of fitness and strength for hoisting sails, spinnakers and very fast sail changes, and I find rowing on the Concept 2 rowing machine at LBhealthcare in Whiteley helps me maintain the level of fitness I require. I’ve decided to complete a sponsored row of 32km on Saturday 25th May at LBHealthcare to help raise money for the Hamble Lifeboat because of the lifesaving service they provide, entirely on a voluntary basis.’

You can sponsor Charles by donating on online at or by texting BRIS75 plus the amount you wish to sponsor to 70070.