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Three men in a boat

PUBLISHED: 16:32 13 May 2010 | UPDATED: 16:00 20 February 2013

Shooting Star hospice in Hampton Hill

Shooting Star hospice in Hampton Hill

THREE Surrey men are preparing to re-enact in reverse Jerome K Jerome's humorous boating trip tale by 'casting off' in a three-man Victorian skiff from Oxford to Walton-on-Thames in aid of charity on Wednesday May 20

THREE Surrey men are preparing to re-enact in reverse Jerome K Jerome's humorous boating trip tale by 'casting off' in a three-man Victorian skiff from Oxford to Walton-on-Thames in aid of charity.


On Wednesday May 20, at 10am, Alex Walia from Effingham, Andy Rudd and Dan Bradley from Fetcham - none of whom have rowed together before - will set off from Donnington Bridge in Oxford aiming to complete the 85-mile voyage in four to five days.

All funds raised will go to the Shooting Star Children's Hospice, based in Hampton, Middlesex, whose patrons include Joan Collins OBE, Sir Trevor McDonald and Surrey 'local lad' Sir Cliff Richard.

The hospice, which offers care and support to children and teenagers with life-limiting conditions, as well as their families, is close to Alex's heart as his stepdaughter Francesca was recently diagnosed with a brain tumour.

"This is a story of two journeys," says Alex. "The first is about a lovely, brave, 10-year-old little girl - the other is about three not so lovely men about to chart some very new waters!

"Throughout all the months of tests, treatments and worry, my wife Sarah, our family and I have been supported incredibly by the Hospice, and we can never thank the people there enough.

"Watching Francesca cope, and inspired by her never-ending optimism throughout an ordeal which affects so many, we know that whatever we raise, however small an amount, we are going to be extremely proud to be giving something back to an organization requiring 3million every year to operate and which has been such a comfort to ourselves and many others.

"We are already more than half way to our target of 5,000 for the charity, but could always do with as many donations as possible."
















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