Oarsome challenge in aid of hospice

7th June 2017

The owners of a Ledbury-based exclusive training studio are undertaking a 24 hour charity row later this month.

Richard Jeynes and Trent Smith, who run Bromsberrow-based Prime Fitness, will start the charity event at 10.00am on Saturday 17 June at their studio, with the aim of raising as much money as possible for St Richard’s Hospice.

The duo decided to raise funds for the hospice after having been touched by the various personal stories from a number of their clients about the support and care received by family members at St Richard’s Hospice.

Richard explained : “After hearing a number of heartfelt stories, we decided to give something back and arrange an event to raise money for a place that is so important to so many Worcestershire families.  The challenge is open to clients and is made up of a total of 48 half an hour rowing stints; we have a few more left to fill although we’d like to make it clear that Trent and myself will be the ones doing the night shift!”

Rachel Jones, Fundraising Manager at St Richard’s Hospice said : “We thoroughly appreciate the dedication and enthusiasm of both Richard and Trent as they head towards their 24 hour rowing challenge.  Raising funds in this way is so selfless and we are extremely grateful.  We hope the event goes well for all those taking part!”

Richard concluded : “Neither of us have a rowing background and before we began our training, we had only spent around 10 minutes each on a rowing machine as part of a warm up.  We know the physical benefits rowing can offer and how challenging and sometimes uncomfortable it can be.  We chose rowing because we wanted to achieve something outside of our normal comfort zones.  It certainly won’t be an easy challenge but it will certainly be worth it!”

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