Nomad Complete Channel Fundraising Row With a Little Help from Debbie Flood

The Nomad Youth & Community Project team completed their first 25th anniversary fundraising challenge last Friday to row the distance of the English Channel on rowing ergos at the d:two Centre where they are based.

The rowers who took part were, Tim and Sue Prior, Jaco Bruwer, Angela Face and Sarah Lane who work for the charity along with parents and young people who receive support from the charity plus Olympic rower, Debbie Flood who is married to Jaco gave them some help to complete the 25 miles (40km).  The challenge was completed on two ergos, one of which was lent to the charity by Leander Club.

The team started at 10.30am and took it in turns to row either 1000, 1500, 2000 or 2500m stints and they completed the distance in 3 hours 4o mins.  Jaco completed 10,500m, Sue 6,000m, Angela 5,000m, Sarah 6,000 and Tim 12,500m.

Tim commented, “Jaco has a PT background and gave us a few tips and helped with a little bit of training, but we were all rowing novices! We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who has supported us and donated money for this challenge. We have raised over £4700 so far which is fantastic!”

Angela commented, “It was a fabulous day. A big shout out to Susie from ‘Back in Line’ for a free chiropractic session.”

“I never expected us to raise as much as we did. The community was very generous with the money they donated,” added Jaco and Debbie said, “I really enjoyed being part of the event and seeing lots of people pop in during the day to take part. The work Nomad do is very special, and they will continue to have my support in the future.”

Launched in May 1996 through a joint initiative between, Henley Churches Together, Henley Town Council, and Henley Youth Centre, as a response to issues of anti-social behaviour in Henley, NOMAD has become a well-respected local charity offering support to young people and families who sometimes find themselves facing challenging situations.

Over the years the charity has supported hundreds of young people and families delivering activities that have included mentoring and Life Skills Programmes in local schools, youth clubs, detached work, football sessions, community beach trips and fun days on local parks, residential trips to Snowdonia, Shropshire, Wales and even as far as Poland, Malawi, and the Pyrenees.   They have also supported young people and parents in education, run parenting programmes, helped and signposted people with housing, budgeting and financial needs and set up the Henley Food Bank.

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