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Mark Dyer

Rowing the Thames

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Target £0.00

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Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]After months of training, on the 1st June 2019 I will be joining 24 fantastic heroes in an epic challenge to row 41 miles along the River Thames. In two teams of 12, with 6 rowing at a time, we will set off from Tower bridge and row to the Isle of Sheppey to raise as much money as we can for a truly inspirational local charity, Abby’s Heroes. [/p][p]The aim of the charity is to help and support children and their families who come under the care of the [url=http://www.uhs.nhs.uk/OurServices/Childhealth/ChildrenscancerandhaematologyPiamBrown/ChildrenscancerandhaemotologyPiamBrown.aspx]Piam Brown[/url] and the [url=http://www.uhs.nhs.uk/OurServices/Cancer/Teenageandyoungadultcancercare/Teenageandyoungadultcancercare.aspx]Teenagers and Young Adults (TYA) wards[/url] in Southampton General Hospital. The catchment for these wards covers the south of England as it is a centre of excellence for children’s oncology. We aim to offer financial and practical help and importantly, the opportunity to make lasting memories for the children, young adults and their families.[/p][p][img]https://www.abbysheroes.org/assets/img/photos/img_0647.jpg" alt="Abby as a ballerina[/img][/p][p]As a family that has passed through this ward, we are acutely aware of what a traumatic and frightening journey it can be for both the child and their families. The child’s life is completely taken over by the diagnosis of childhood cancer and their family's worlds are thrown into utter chaos and panic as they watch their child go through the rigours of treatment.[/p][p]The realty of the future these families face includes months or years of treatment, families are often separated for long periods, as parents need to stay with the child, but also may have siblings that need looking after as well. Jobs are put on hold and inevitably financial implications start to hit home, this puts a massive strain on families as normal life ceases to exist.[/p][p]Abby’s heroes has been set up entirely with this in mind. Practical help will be given - financial grants to help people through a difficult time. Bereaved families may be given grants to help give parents time to grieve. Days out and fun memory-making grants will also be given, which will allow the families a chance to do something together.[/p][p]I am privileged and proud to be supporting such a worthwhile cause, please help us to help them by donating as much as you can, thank you.[/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p]

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Jul 15, 2019

Caroline Walters

That was incredible!! Well done to you and the team. Looking forward to sponsoring you on the next challenge. 🛶👍

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Jun 6, 2019

WFBA Consulting Civil and Structural Engineer

Congratulations Mark, well done from all the team at WFBA.


Jun 1, 2019

Katrina Taylor

Good luck and Well done on fundraising for such worthy cause

May 31, 2019


Good luck tomorrow - not that you’ll need it as I know you’ll smash it

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

May 31, 2019

Hayley Holloway

Good luck to you all

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

May 27, 2019

Darren and Jane

All the very best Mark and all the team for this Saturday

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

May 26, 2019

Kris Wadley

Good luck Mark and the team! Great challenge for a worthy cause😀👍

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

May 24, 2019

Pam West


May 23, 2019


Mark Good Luck and best wishes from all at T J Waste


May 22, 2019

Blanchard Wells

Good Luck from all at Blanchard Wells