On 14th July, Sir Steve Redgrave, the El Salvador Olympic rowing team (pictured left, with Sir Steve) and almost 50 members of the local community took part in a special event to help raise £10,000 to rebuild Marlow Rowing Club. The event marked almost a year on from when the 140-year-old club's iconic boathouse was badly damaged by a severe fire. Read more below or see our total raised so far.
With a total fundraising target of £2,200,000 to return the club to its former position, Marlow Rowing Club gave guests the opportunity to donate for various items, from having their names engraved on a scull or on a boathouse brick, to even rowing with Sir Steve Redgrave himself. In addition, the plans for the new club were revealed to guests so that they could see how their donations would be put to good use.
Six of the VIP guests rose to the challenge and took to the waters, before everyone was treated to champagne reception at the Compleat Angler, courtesy of general manager Gaius Wyncoll.
Club member Richard Ellwood (pictured left, with Sir Steve) who organised the event and enlisted the support of fellow member and five times Olympic rowing gold medallist, Sir Steve Redgrave, to support his mission said: "I am thrilled with how Saturday went and the amount of money that was raised. The club is very grateful to all those who lent their support, particularly Sir Steve Redgrave. I hope that this event has demonstrated just how valuable the club is to the local Marlow community. We have a long way to go to reach our fundraising target of £2,200,000 and we need the public's support more than ever before."
Sir Steve Redgrave who also found time at the event to mentor a selection of the club's junior members commented: "I'm supporting the club in its time of need partly because of my association with them over the years but more importantly their impact in developing hundreds of 10-18 year olds in our community."
The £10,000 raised will be split between the new rowing club and Macmillan Cancer Support. The new building will have greater facilities for people with disabilities and youth teams, and additionally cater for sports other than rowing.