Twenty-four hour rowathon raises thousands of pounds for Eastbourne charity

Pupils at Eastbourne College rowed the equivalent distance of England to France on stationary rowing machines last week, raising more than £3,500 for Eastbourne Foodbank.

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18th February 2020 — The 65 boys from Wargrave House, along with former Olympian field hockey player and housemaster Rob Hill, took it in turns to row in ten-minute slots. They logged almost 244km, nearly the exact distance between England and France at the widest point of the Channel.

Rob said: “The year group winners and overall leader board were unbelievable and by far the most competitive since I have run [rowed] the event. I have never been last on the winners’ podium before!”

Howard Wardle, CEO of the Eastbourne Foodbank, added: “We were so impressed with the efforts of the boys. It’s no easy task to row as far and as fast as they did and we are extremely grateful for the efforts they went to, to raise much needed funds for the Foodbank. Every penny will be put towards helping people facing extreme hardships in our town. The need is constant and the pressure is always there but with amazing people like the students and staff at Eastbourne College helping us, we can carry on making a difference.”

Eastbourne Foodbank provides food, advice and other household essentials to around 1,400 individuals and families every month. Drop off points for food can be found in every major supermarket around the town and in many community centres.

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