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20 May

OV Pair Buoyed up for Charity

In 2023, OVs Matt Bladen (W 08-15) and George Farmiloe (Br 08-15) will be taking to the water as intrepid duo, The Worcester Buoys, to row the Atlantic as part of the annual Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. By doing so, they aim to raise £250,000 for Acorns Children’s Hospice.

Acorns Jack Dyer

Explaining their inspiration, Matt said, “We’re rowing in memory of a close family friend, Jack Dyer, who sadly passed away in 2020. Jack developed a severe form of cerebral palsy from birth, meaning that he required 24/7 care throughout his life. Acorns provided crucial care for Jack and support for his family, including vital respite, allowing them to recharge their batteries and enjoy time together away from the complex care Jack needed. Unfortunately, recently the charity has been having difficulty meeting its running costs, and having seen the impact it has on families first-hand, we are determined to help as much as we can. We are prepared to push ourselves to our limits to raise both money and awareness for Acorns.”

Acorns Matt Bladen George Farmiloe

Matt and George first rowed together 11 years ago at King’s and have remained good friends ever since – which is essential as they will need to tackle in excess of 3,000 miles of ocean together, rowing in shifts of two hours on, two hours off, for the duration.

If you would like to find out more about Matt and George’s challenge, please get in touch via

We wish them both good luck with their training!