RALPHH installs first debifribillator at Queens Park High School 

Chester is the first place in the country to benefit from the national charity RALPHH.

A potentially life-saving defibrillator has been installed at the Boathouse of Queen’s Park High School on the River Dee. The Defibrillator will be available to use by members of all clubs on site and is also publically accessible.

The initiative has been made possible by a significant grant from RALPHH, as well as a donation organised by West Cheshire and Chester Councillors Razia Daniels and Neil Sullivan, both of Handbridge Park Ward.

“We are delighted to have worked with Queen’s Park High School to bring about a needed facility on an important stretch of the River Dee,” said RALPHH Chairman Richard Allen. “Our life-saving purpose is to see more defibrillators installed in locations where strenuous exercise may be undertaken. The benefits of exercise are considerable, but each year young people and others die from heart problems because the correct support equipment is not available to them.”

“We are delighted to have the support of RALPHH and the Councillor in making this initiative possible,” said Queen’s Park High School Headteacher Lyndsay Waterson. “Rowing is a popular sport at our School and our crews can frequently be seen training on the stretch of the River Dee between the groves and The Iron Bridge, Aldford.”

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Richard Cox, Chairman of Rowing at the School,  Richard Allen, Chairman of RALPHH, Ruby Wilson, Freya Cossons, Grace Nugent and Sienna Taylor

Newcastle University Rowers fund raise for RALPHH

Students from Newcastle University boat club have become the first University to fund-raise on behalf of RALPHH.

Profits from the sale of the student union calendar produced in the last 12 months raised £146, which will be used nationally to fund RALPHH to achieve our aims. Chrissy Castledine took the lead on this initiative and we, at RALPHH are extremely grateful for her efforts. 

Formally established just over a year ago, RALPHH takes it name from the late Robert Allen who died suddenly in his 30's, having achieved national junior success in rowing as a teenager. 

Richard Allen, Chairman of RALPHH said: “We really appreciate the help and support shown by Newcastle University students and we are very hopeful that other schools and universities will now want to add their full support for such a worthwhile cause.” 

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From left to right: Hannah Cowie, Women’s Rowing Captain; April Lemon, Charlotte Brown and  Jessica Proctor-Crozier.

Kingston's Euphonix community Choir- Christmas Concert 

Kingston’s Euphonix community choir performed at their Christmas concert at the Rose Theatre, in Kingston upon Thames, before a large, appreciative audience. The event raised a large sum of money in support of the work of RALPHH.


The previous week the choir gave two performances of Christmas carols in Kingston Market Place which raised a further several hundreds of Pounds in support of the work of RALPHH. As the support for RALPHH continues to grow, the new year will see the first screenings take place and the instilation of defibrilators supported by RALPHH. 

Kingston's Euphonix Community Choir perform at the Rose Theatre

Kingston Grammar School Christmas Pudding Races 

Parents and students from Kingston Grammar School, Hampton School and Lady Eleanor Holles school took part in the annual Christmas pudding rowing races hosted at Kingston Grammar School Boathouse. Crews comprised students from each school and winners were awarded with a chocolate reindeer and a RALPHH T-Shirt. Kingston Grammar school was where Rob Allen attended school and was well known amongst all the rowing schools involved. Since the event, more funding and support has grown for RALPHH in anticiaption of the official launch in the new year. 

Students at LEH Hampton And KGS gather to race for chocolate reindeer and RALPHH merchandise

VMware International Men's Day 

At the Company's UK head office in Staines-Upon-Thames Surrey, Charity Chairman Richard Allen thanked the company for their support in sponsoring RALPHH. Richard also gave a presentation on the safeguarding of men’s health through regular Health checks. This included speaking about cholesterol as well as monitoring blood pressure and ECG screening. These are all topics in which RALPHH aims to increase awareness among those involved in sport. VMware is the company at which Rob Allen was an employee and his sudden death in 2018 inspired his friends and family to create the RALPHH charity, in the hope of learning for others from his untimely passing at the age of 35.

Chairman Richard Allen launches RALPHH at the company's International Men's Day 

U23 Rowing world champion, Harvey Kay becomes first patron of RALPHH

Harvey is the 2015 junior British Champion in the single scull and a Henley finalist, he has gone on to row internationally, both at the University of Washington and winning a gold medal in the U23 world rowing championships. All this, while managing a heart condition. Harvey says: "I have experience with heart complications in elite rowing and have been part of heart screening programmes both in the US, at The University of Washington and the GB rowing team. It is imperative rowing teams of all levels have access to defibrillators and heart screening to protect their athletes, giving confidence to athletes who push their bodies." Harvey is extremely excited to support RALPHH through his experience- "When I heard of the charity, I immediately related, I am willing to help RALPHH make people aware of potential risk, but also offer reassurance that rowing is still possible through screening and an open dialogue between athletes, coaches and families.  

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Harvey Kay (second from right) wins gold with heart condition