Lucy Ward


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The Big Heave-Row

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On 11th September an intrepid team are to set off on a four day challenge with a difference! The idea, by Burnham-on-Crouch Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), involves using their 27’ Whaler, Milly, to travel across Essex by land and sea…

Using their specially adapted boat trailer the crew intend to heave Milly (a whopping combined weight of 1,289kg) by road from Lifeboat Station to Lifeboat Station using man power alone. When the team aren’t heaving Milly, they’ll be rowing her! Making up the team will be crew from all the Essex stations: Harwich, Walton, West Mersea, Burnham-on-Crouch and Southend.

The adventure begins in Harwich, rowing 8 miles to Walton, with a 9 mile heave along the sea front to Clacton. Day 2 begins with a 7 mile row from to East Mersea followed by a 6 mile heave across to West Mersea. Day 3 consists of a 4 mile row from West Mersea to Bradwell and a heave of 11 miles to Burnham-on-Crouch. The 4th and final day will be an 11 mile row from Burnham-on-Crouch to Rochford and a 4 mile heave culminating at Southend Lifeboat Station.

It promises to be an epic adventure increasing awareness of the Essex Lifeboat Stations as well as raising much needed funds for the RNLI. You can follow our journey here.

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28.09.14 Well done everyone

25.09.14 Well done guys & gals - Howards neighbour!

23.09.14 Better late than never..sorry for late donation...well pulled!

21.09.14 Well done Marion and the rest of the team

15.09.14 Bravo Zulu to all involved!

14.09.14 Great Effort, and good luck with the final days!

14.09.14 Well done Lizzie Brown and all the life lifeboat crews involved. Great idea and effort.

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12.09.14 Well done so far and enormous luck with the rest of your challenge. You're all amazing!! xxx

12.09.14 Good Luck Jenni & all the team.

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12.09.14 Good luck all. Very worthy cause for my donation for not taking on the ice bucket challenge.

11.09.14 You are all top people who we admire and respect. Good luck rich

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10.09.14 Well done lads.

10.09.14 Good Luck Jenni and all the team


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