Team to row English Channel for Naomi House

CHALLENGE Members of the Portsmouth-based recruitment firm The STR Group
CHALLENGE Members of the Portsmouth-based recruitment firm The STR Group

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STAFF from a recruitment firm will be channelling their energies into a fundraising challenge.

Twelve members of Portsmouth company The STR Group will be rowing 22 miles across the English Channel to Calais for Naomi House.

The hospice near Winchester provides care for children with life-threatening illnesses. The team, many who have never picked up an oar before, will be rowing in two boats of six people.

Richard Crawley, chief executive of STR, said: ‘We are very excited about this challenge.

‘Naomi House is an incredible charity that provides vital care to children in the local area.

‘Rowing the Channel is a lifetime challenge for many people, and we are all very proud to be doing it for such a great cause.

‘We have been amazed by the donations received from clients and family members so far – both financial, and support in kind.’

The group has so far raised £6,500 and is confident it will hit its target of £10,000.

Lauren Shields, a corporate fundraiser at Naomi House, said: ‘We’re overwhelmed by the massive target STR has set which will be enough to help us fund care for more than 400 families.

‘Rowing the English Channel is a huge physical challenge, and we are amazed by the sheer determination of the team. This is the first time a group has taken on the Channel in aid of Naomi house – thank you STR.’

The challenge is scheduled for Sunday, September 16, when rowers will set off from Dover at 10am. They are expected to return at 11pm.

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