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Wargrave Boys Raise £3,500 for Rowathon

The pupils of Wargrave house (boys boarding house) have surpassed all expectations during their annual 24-hour charity rowathon fundraiser. Raising money for local charity the Eastbourne Foodbank, housemaster and former Olympian field hockey player, Rob Hill, was keen to give back to the local community and help those in need, stating ahead of the challenge,

wargrave 24 hour charity rowathon for the eastbourne foodbank

Rob, and the 65 boys attempting the overnight physical feat, were initially aiming for what they thought was an ambitious target of £2,500, and invited members of the school community to join them to complete a ten-minute slot on the Concept rowing machine. Nobody expected to hit the target.

Instead, the donations came pouring in and, thanks to the generosity of College staff, family, friends and local supporters, the boys were rowing with the current rather than against it.

After a gruelling effort, interrupted sleep, and a total rowing distance of 243km and 973m (roughly the same distance between England and France at the widest point of the Channel), the boys had raised well over £3,500! And some of the individual and year group rowing distances were particularly impressive.

Eastbourne Foodbank provides food, advice and other household essentials to around 1,400 individuals and families every month. Drop off points for food can be found in every major supermarket around the town and in many community centres. Visit the website for a current list of stock needed and where to take donations.

Individual leaderboard

  1. Jack Kennedy 2746m
  2. Connor Gorman 2727m
  3. Max Schnuppe 2723m
  4. Hamish Reilly 2717m
  5. Toby Lock 2658m

year group winners

  • Yr 9 – Zach Howard 2527m
  • Yr10 – Connor Gorman 2727m
  • Yr11- David Wang 2527m
  • Yr12- Jack Kennedy 2746m
  • Yr13- Max Schnuppe 2723m
  • Staff – Mr Hill 2510m

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