QA Channel Row
The amazing Andy Jones and his strong team of 12 hospital staff row from Belgium to the UK for Dreams Come True
A team of 12 hospital staff from the QA hospital in Portsmouth rowed the channel from Nieuwpoort, Belgium to Ramsgate, Kent on the 11th – 12th June 2016. They have already raised a staggering £20k and hope to reach £25k to help dreams come true. The chief Coxswain Andy Jones has led the team from start to finish, keeping everyone focused and championing the row. Andy and team had specialist training with Mike Gilbert who has previously supported Comic Reliefs John bishop in his week of hell. Mike said the team were a joy to train and support, and that they really were a great bunch of people doing a fantastic thing.
Andy went on to organise a live music and dinner night at The Marriot Hotel to celebrate the rowers. The team spoke highly of one another and you can see their success has come from how well they get on and how much respect they have for each other. Andy hosted the evening, and managed to arrange some great raffle prizes including an iPad for Maria, a dream child waiting. Andy also spent around 12 hours sorting out a celebration video of the row and the dreams they wish to fulfil, Andy said the video took longer than the row in the end but the impact it had on the crowd on the evening was truly worth the man hours.
Andy initially had the inspiration to do this challenge when a QA nurse’s son George was diagnosed with Leukaemia at just 22 months. George will have to undergo treatment until 2018, so Andy thought it would be amazing if he could raise enough money to send him and his family on a dream trip. Through doing this Andy came across Dreams Come True, and realised he could help many more children. Andy is extremely determined, tenacious and energetic. Despite working long hours at the hospital he was able to complete this challenge and help support our cause at Dreams Come True.
Author: Daniel Dockery
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