Row of the Kennet & Avon Canal,
By Neil Warren
For Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity
his own hand-built 12ft Thames Rowing Skiff "Alicia"
Last year our baby daughter Alicia underwent complex open-heart surgery to correct
a rare congenital heart defect, Tetralogy of Fallot. Thanks to the skill, care
and dedication of the cardiac team at Great Ormond Street Hospital, she has made
a miraculous recovery.
I can never repay the staff at Great Ormond Street Hospital for every thing that
they have done for Alicia and my family, but I can help them to raise essential
money. Great Ormond Street depends on public support as well as NHS funding and
needs to raise £17 million each year to treat children like Alicia with serious
and life threatening conditions.
am determined to raise as much money as I can. This is why I am attempting to
row the length of the Kennet & Avon canal- an 87-mile waterway linking the Bristol
Channel to the Thames in a 12' Thames rowing skiff that I have built specifically
for this purpose. I set off on Sunday 18th May and hope to reach the Thames 5
or 6 days later. There are 105 locks along the canal and the boat will have to
be lifted out and carried around each one. The effort will be equivalent to 3
½ London marathons!
hope that my family, friends, colleagues and the companies I work with will consider
this venture worthy of their support and help me raise vital money for Great Ormond
Street Hospital Children's Charity.