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Final preparations are underway for the 70km sponsored row from Henley to Thames Ditton this Saturday that will raise much-need funds for the RALPHH charity.

Organised by Kingston Grammar School, some 100 rowers drawn from current and past students will be participating, with a 6.00a.m. start from the Henley Rowing Club Boathouse. First arrivals at Thames Ditton are expected shortly before 5.00p.m. and they will be greeted by Olympic Rowing Champion Sophie Hosking MBE and both Richard and Laurence Allen, representing the RALPHH charity. Already over £10,000 has been raised, which will go towards further defibrillator installations at youth sporting locations as well as effective testing for young people planning to embark on strenuous sporting activity.

Parents and other supporters will be manning locks on the stretch of the River Thames, with the occasion representing a true challenge for both experienced and the unexperienced in a combination of singles, doubles, quads and eights. The route will take them past both Sunbury and Molesey Locks where just last month RALPHH helped by providing sizeable grants for the installation of weatherproof defibrillators at both popular locations.

Pictured being interviewed by Victoria Hollins from BBC London in the KGS Boathouse is Upper Sixth student Rosie Symons. BBC London regional news in expected to keep television viewers updated on the progress of the 100 rowers on their Saturday afternoon and evening news bulletins.

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