Shaun Barrett, President of retra, the independent radio, electrical and television retailers’ association, has succeeded in his attempt to row across the English Channel in aid of charity.
Shaun, three other intrepid rowers and a cox took just four hours and two minutes to reach France. As a result of Shaun’s hard work and the generosity of everyone who sponsored him, the Anthony Nolan Trust has been given a £1,700 boost. The Trust is an independent charity which helps people with leukaemia find lifesaving donors. Every year thousands of people with leukaemia and aplastic anaemia need a blood stem cell transplant from a donor who shares the same tissue type, the Anthony Nolan Trust register of donors helps them find that person.
The Channel is the world’s busiest shipping route so the crew had to keep their eyes peeled for passing tankers and ferries as well as worrying about the size of the waves and running out of energy. Their spirits were lifted, however, by the wonderful sight of dolphins on the way across.
This is the second time Shaun has rowed the Channel and he is delighted to have raised £1,700 for the Trust. He says: “I feel very proud to be able to support such a deserving charity. I wish I could say it was all plain sailing but the rough sea outside Dover Harbour nearly ended our challenge before it had even begun!
“I am truly grateful to everyone who has sponsored me and helped me raise the magnificent sum of £1,700 for the Anthony Nolan Trust. If anyone would like to help me reach my ultimate goal of raising £2,000, it’s not too late.”
If you would like to sponsor Shaun and support the Anthony Nolan Trust in its lifesaving work go to www.justgiving.cm/ShaunBarrett-ChannelRow.
Shaun Barrett and the rest of the crew during their successful attempt to row across the Channel
14th June 2010
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