Crew 8 of HMS Middleton recently took on an epic indoor rowing challenge to raise money for The Bristol Children’s Hospital Charity ‘The Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal’, rowing the equivalent distance of London to Glasgow. The challenge was in memory of Maisie Gibbins, the Commanding Officer’s niece.
Two teams of six rowers raced against each other for 24 hours in what was an epic test of physical and mental endurance.
Gini Carlin spoke to the CO of HMS Middleton Lt Cdr Charlie Wheen, along with Executive Officer Lt Rob Stone, and Navigator Lt Chris Forster during the rowathon on Totally Connected. Hear that interview above.
The teams began rowing at the Naval Support Activity Bahrain from 8am local time (BST+2). The challenge continued overnight through to the next morning.
The teams ensured they were as well prepared as they could be for the rowathon by training for more than two months on board ship.
This proved challenging during the heat of the Bahraini summer.
HMS Middleton’s Commanding Officer Lt Cdr Charlie Wheen's sister and her family sent this card to show their support which was a real boost. Lt Cdr Wheen said:
“It will take a long time to recover but the achievement will last a lifetime and the money raised will make a real difference to people’s lives. Maisie would be very proud.”
Able Seaman (Diver) Tom Milner, who led the preparations, said:
“... the teams really came together and with the unwavering Crew 8 spirit, achieved a remarkable result. Thank you to everyone who donated money to this great cause. We are proud to have helped make a difference to the lives of young people and their families.”
You can donate via their JustGiving page.
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