29 May 2015

Tower to Tower: Not your average charity fun run...

#TowerToTower is a charity challenge with a difference, it sees its team of 24 participants attempt the 450 nautical miles open water challenge from the Tower Bridge in London the Eiffel Tower in Paris all in aid of the amazing Donna Louise Children's Hospice. The Donna Louise Children's Hospice are a Staffordshire based charity which provides care for children with life limiting illnesses and support for their families. It is also a charity close to the heart of the Gandey Organisation as it is supported every year by Circus Starr's performances in Stoke-On-Trent.

Celebrity led Tower to Tower team 2015.

The celebrity led team (as seen above) includes Hugh Dennis (of Mock the Week fame), former television presenter Nick Hancock and former Stoke boss Tony Pulis, who, along with their 21 team mates, will attempt what is dubbed the 'Everest of open-water rowing'. In fact, less than 100 people have successfully battled against the forces of the sea to complete the challenge, which is a lot less than have stood at the summit of Everest. 

Tower to Tower Route 2015

The arduous journey started at Tower Bridge this Monday 25th at 8am and, depending on the weather and tides, finishes in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower next Monday 1st June. The team will be rowing against the elements of the Thames, Seine and the dangerous expanse of the Channel all whilst suffering from sleep deprivation, potentially rough seas, aching muscles, sea sickness and living in cramped quarters.  


At the time of writing this blog the team has just gone past Duclair, well on the way to their Monday arrival time and had surpassed their charity target by £24,000 meaning a total of £224,516.13 had been raised for the Donna Louise. Undoubtedly this sum will increase come Monday for this undeniably worthy cause and we wish the rowers the best of luck with the rest of the journey.