A team of 24 staff from specialist Lloyd’s insurer Jubilee are aiming to raise £20,000 for King’s College Hospital by rowing across the English Channel.
The group will be rowing in three boats from Dover to Calais between 18th and 24th May, weather permitting. The 26 nautical mile crossing of one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world is expected to take a total of 5-6 hours.
All the funds raised from the challenge will go to support the work of King’s College Hospital in London; a cause close to the heart of the team for the hospital which celebrates its centenary this year.
Neil Tayler, Accident & Health Underwriter at Jubilee, who devised and organised the challenge, explained: “The daughter of one of our colleagues was involved in a serious car accident last year. King’s College Hospital treated her injuries and set her on the slow road to recovery.
“We want to raise funds to acknowledge the help they provided to our colleague and his family, and also the work they do on a daily basis which very seldom receives the credit it deserves.”
Johnny Rowell, CEO of Jubilee, praised his colleague efforts: “We are so proud of this group of staff setting out on an amazing challenge to support such a worthwhile cause.
“Their level of commitment and teamwork in tackling this challenge will also be of great value to the business; strengthening their working relationships and support for each other.”
The team, who are all first time rowers, have received a much needed boost from five times Olympic Gold Medal Rower, Sir Steve Redgrave who sent them a message of support: “Good luck with the Channel Row Challenge and for raising funds for such a great cause.” he said.
Anyone wishing to support the group’s fundraising efforts can do so by going to: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/JubileeChannelChallenge