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Molesey Boat Club
MBC Coaching Launch fundraiser

MBC Coaching Launch fundraiser

Why we need your help

Note from Ian Knight

MBC has purchased two new coaching and safety launches. These boats are to be named in memory of John Russell and David Croucher, and we are seeking donations towards the boats.

John was captain of MBC from 1982 until 1984. He won an Olympic medal at Tokyo in 1964 and so many Henley and domestic medals it would take too long to detail here. On retiring from racing his drive was directed towards helping young athletes. Having his name on one of our new coaching launches, helping the next generation would be something he would have appreciated.

David Croucher was captain from 1967 to 1972.   The club and rowing was very different to the professional set up we now enjoy. The captain effectively ran everything.  It was an all consuming job.  David threw himself at this with complete dedication. His selfless attitude to supporting the club was exemplified by not selecting himself to row in a fast eight which was a strong contender for that year’s Thames Cup, but continued to run the club and train full time in case he was needed.

Both these stalwarts of the club are sadly missed by all who knew them.  Having their names on the coaching launches will be consistent with their passion for helping all athletes in the sport of rowing.  

Once the current restrictions allow, we will be organising a christening for the new launches at the club which will be an opportunity for us all to catch up over a drink to celebrate the memories we have of these two great club members. Please support the club by making a donation here.

Thank you for your support


raised towards 2,500.00 target

 This campaign is now closed, and no longer accepting donations.

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Jun 23, 2021

Michael Milan

I'm very pleased to contribute to the memory of John and David. We had some great times together. Mike.


Jun 21, 2021

John Pirie

(plus 50.00 giftaid)

May 18, 2021

Alex Wenyon

(plus 2.50 giftaid)

Apr 30, 2021

David Porteus

(plus 25.00 giftaid)

Apr 29, 2021

Michelle Sturtridge


Apr 26, 2021

James Wright

John was an incredibly generous character, as both an Olympian and multiple Henley winner, in particular allowing a snotty 10 year old version of myself to use his boat to learn the art of sculling in the early 1980.

(plus 50.00 giftaid)

Apr 26, 2021

John Peters - sub donation attn Guy Leppard

Apr 25, 2021

Nick Morrell

Here?s to them, where was like them ,non but few are sadly left

(plus 62.50 giftaid)

Apr 20, 2021


(plus 5.00 giftaid)

Apr 18, 2021

Paul Thorpe

(plus 25.00 giftaid)


Total raised so far


Total plus Gift Aid 2,275.00

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Raised offline 0.00

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