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Three men in a boat

PUBLISHED: 14:03 16 June 2010 | UPDATED: 17:20 20 February 2013

Three men in a boat

Three men in a boat

While many have spent a leisurely week rowing from Kingston to Oxford over the years; doing it upstream, in three days - with around 12 hours rowing a day - might not prove to be quite so relaxing.

While many have spent a leisurely week rowing from Kingston to Oxford over the years; doing it upstream, in three days - with around 12 hours rowing a day - might not prove to be quite so relaxing.


Nevertheless, three Surrey men are taking on this challenge in a bid to raise funds for Auditory Verbal UK - a national charity that helps families to teach their deaf children tolisten and speak.


My daughter, Alice, was born profoundly deaf, says Chris Campbell,who sets off onFriday July 30 with colleagues James Morrow andAndy Wilkinson. "She was fitted with a cochlear implant nearly a year ago. Since then, her progress in adapting to the spoken and hearing world has been prolific nearly three years old, she now attends a mainstreamnursery and chatters away, albeit with a language delay, much like many other youngsters her age.


This progress has only been possible for two reasons - firstly, Alice's strength of character, determination and desire to learn and secondly, via the help we have received from Auditory Verbal UK.


AV therapy is not available on the NHS, although some local authorities do provide funding through childrens statements of special educational needs,AV UKrelies heavily on charitable donations.


My wife, Claire, and I have set about doing whatever we can to help them raise money, says Chris. My son's school has nominated AV UK as their supported charity for the next two years and my wife is competing in a Triathlon in July to help raise funds. Not wishing to be left out, Im taking on my own challenge with two colleagues.


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