King's Worcester

18 December

King’s Rowers Smash Fundraising Target for One Million Metre Charity Row

The King's School Worcester Boat Club rowers have completed their annual charity challenge to row one million metres to raise funds for three charities.

The challenge, now in its sixth year, took place in the Michael Baker Boathouse and involved staff, students and ex-students powering four of the indoor rowing machines on a continuous basis to row one million meters, the equivalent of six hundred and twenty miles, from Friday evening to Saturday morning.

Over seventy-five students took part over the course of the weekend, working in teams to row for five minute intervals for an hour at a time. Members of the Old Vigornian community supported the team and took their turn to row, including the Mayor of Worcester, Cllr Jabba Riaz. The challenge was completed in just over eighteen hours and even received video messages of encouragement from four Team GB rowers.

Thanks to the generosity of supporters more than five thousand pounds was raised, exceeding the fundraising target of three thousand seven hundred and fifty pounds. The total raised to date since the challenge started six years ago now stands at more than twenty thousand pounds.

Head of Rowing, Jim Chalmers, said: “It was a sterling effort from this year’s team, who showed true spirit and determination and worked together to complete the challenge.

I’d like to thank everyone who supported the challenge, including parents and family members who provided refreshments, members of staff who gave up their time to supervise, our dedicated team of rowers and of course everyone who made a donation, helping us to raise funds for three fantastic charities.”

The money raised will be split between three charities:  Cardiac Risk In the Young, St. Richard’s Hospice and Alzheimer’s Society. Donations can still be made at