Rowing to support the Rainforest Ward

Our friends at CrossFit Grimsby are organising a charity rowing challenge called 10 Rowers – 10 Marathons to help fund beds for patients’ relatives on the Rainforest children’s ward at Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital in Grimsby.

On Saturday 7th March, between 30 and 40 volunteers of varying ages and abilities will take over the 10 rowing machines at the gym to complete the equivalent of 10 marathons – a total of 421 kilometres – between them.

It’s all for a very worthy cause, as Kelli Tiffney – one of the trainers at CrossFit Grimsby – was unable to stay with her child on the Rainforest Ward overnight.

The money raised during the rowing challenge will be donated to The Health Tree Foundation which is the charity for Northern Lincolnshire and Goole (NLaG) that will ensure the much-needed beds are purchased.

Our Hospital Director Ashley Brown is one of the volunteers taking part in the row. He said: “I’m delighted to be participating in this event in support of our local healthcare colleagues at Diana Princess of Wales Hospital.

“The team at CrossFit Grimsby have done a fantastic job of including all ability levels in this event and have built a real sense of community.

“In total the participants will row over 260 miles during the day, which is the equivalent of leaving Grimsby Docks and rowing all the way to Dunkirk!”

The event starts at 9am at CrossFit Grimsby, based in Unit 4 at Humberston Business Park in the town, and people are welcome to drop in to spectate and cheer the volunteers on.

The CrossFit Grimsby team have set themselves a £1,000 fundraising target. If you’d like to donate, you can do so via the JustGiving page that’s been set up by Kelli: