Team Effort - The Directory Group

Team effort

An ambitious team from Cosham’s Queen Alexandra Hospital are set to embark on a gruelling challenge in aid of local charity Dreams Come True.

In fewer than 70 days, the 13-strong team will be rowing the English Channel to raise money for the Liphook-based charity, which is dedicated to bringing joy to children and young people with serious and life-limiting conditions.

Between Friday 10th and Sunday 12th June (weather depending) the team will pick up their oars and begin their attempt to row more than 50 miles in the open sea, after being inspired by Amy O’Shaughnessy, theatre practitioner, whose son George was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in 2014.

Team captain and healthcare support worker Andy Jones said: “We’ve been training really hard so we can get the row done in good time. The record currently sits at around 10 hours and, although we aren’t planning to beat this, we’d love to get close. It’s been tough training, especially with the recent weather, but we are all ready for the challenge and can’t wait to get on the open sea.”

The team hopes to raise £15,000 for Dreams Come True and are asking for people to sponsor them. To find out more and sponsor the team, search for ‘Q/A charity channel row’ on

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