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Powering down the Thames

UK Power Networks employees are taking to the water to raise over £15,000 for vulnerable children by rowing the River Thames for the Ahoy Centre charity.

From Press releases - 29 June 2017 12:00 AM

In total 48 intrepid, and very inexperienced, rowers from UK Power Networks, have spent the past months, weeks and in some cases, only days, training and trying to find their sea legs in time to take the Ahoy Meridian Pull Row Challenge, on Thursday (29 June). They have come together from bases across London, Maidstone, Potters Bar, Bury St Edmunds, Crawley and Guildford.

The staff who help keep the lights on in London, the East and the South East have dedicated their free time to getting to grips with fitness regimes and the challenge of synchronised rowing. It has required great coordination to avoid falling in the water or ‘catching a crab’ –- when an oar hits the water at the wrong angle and the recoil is felt in the rower’s chest.

Eight UK Power Networks teams of six members each have raised £15,830 in donations so far. Money raised will enable the Ahoy Centre to deliver life-changing training, courses and programmes to both vulnerable/disadvantaged young people and disabled people who need help and to be given an opportunity.

Karen Levene, one of the team captains from Surbiton, said: “The rowing challenge is a fantastic opportunity to row through central London and see the sights, although we may not appreciate the view as we will be concentrating on rowing. We were aching after our training session but had a great time and managed to row in rhythm together by the end of it. It is for a great cause and we are pleased to be able to make a difference to children’s lives”. 

UK Power Networks teams taking part in the Meridian Pull Row Challenge on 29 June are: I like big boats and I cannot lie, Oarsome Electric Rowers, Power On, Row Hard or Row Home, Team PRO OAR, The Wet Strokes, There’s no business like row business, Watts & Waves.

Donations can be made by visiting BT My Donate and then searching by team name. Cast off is by Chelsea Bridge, between 7.15pm and 7.30pm today, and rowers are estimated to take 60-75minutes to complete the course.