Waitrose 70 mile rowing challenge

Waitrose 70 mile rowing challenge

Staff at Waitrose in Ringwood and from The Furlong shopping centre rowed 70 miles in aid of the RNLI.

On Friday 3rd July, Ringwood shoppers were encouraged to donate their cash as Waitrose employees racked up the miles on two static rowing machines in the courtyard of the popular Furlong shopping centre.

Despite the summer heat, the dedicated staff completed the challenge in under 5 hours.

The RNLI is a lifesaving charity with their Head Office located in Poole, Dorset and crews based on the Isle of Wight, at Bembridge, Cowes and Yarmouth. The reason for the 70 miles is that their volunteers perform, on average, 70 rescues every weekend.

First to take his turn was Waitrose Department Manager Retail Support, Peter Denwood. He comments, “We chose to take part in this challenge for two reasons – to help raise vital funds for this worthwhile charity and to demonstrate our community and corporate ethos. I’d like to thank all our staff who got involved and also the David Lloyd Leisure Club for kindly lending us their rowing machines.”

The whole event raised £376.47 for the RNLI. Well done everyone!