RALPHH is to be the beneficiary of a predicted five figure sum of financial support, as a consequence of a sponsored row being undertaken by Kingston Grammar School students and alumni on Saturday 10th September.
The participants will, in a single day row between Henley and the KGS Boathouse in Thames Ditton, Surrey. Single scull, doubles, fours and eights will be taken part and the flotilla is expected to include 100 people.
The main organisation is being undertaken by the Sherriff Club, that takes its name from the 20th Century writer R.C. Sherriff, author of the play “Journey’s End” and a former student at Kingston, as well as by staff and other volunteers associated with the School who will be operating locks and providing encouragement to the athletes as they complete the journey. The event will have a celebratory and festival air, with first participants expecting to finish from about 4.00p.m.
This extra support for RALPHH comes at an important time, with the charity planning to provide grants for defibrillation equipment at both riverside and other public sporting locations. Among these is The Wilderness Foundation, near Braintree in Essex, with an installation planned close to the location of the annual Essex Marathon.
Continuing links with Kingston Grammar School are very important to the RALPHH national charity, with the inspiration for its establishment being the late Robert Allen, who was a national rowing champion based at the School and subsequently became a valued member of the coaching team.