Robbiesrow 400mile kayak challenge
Good luck to Harry and Mark who will later this week will be kayaking 400 miles for Southampton Hospital Charity because children with brain tumours need rehabilitation.
Robbie's dad Mark and elder brother Harry will kayak from Tewitfield in Lancashire to Odiham in Hampshire between 10-24 July via the inland waterways. They will be covering an average of a marathon - 26.2 miles - every day for 15 days.
Our intrepid kayakers will be pitching camp on the following days at about 5pm near the following pubs. Come and find us!
- 10 July: The Hand and Dagger near Swillbrook. PR4 0SA
- 11 July: The Ring O’Bells near Parbold. L40 5TE
- 12 July: The King’s Ransom at Ashton-Upon-Mersey. M33 2AA
- 13 July: The Big Lock pub at Middlewich. CW10 9DN
- 14 July: The Bluebell Inn at Kidsgrove. ST7 1EG
- 15 July: The Saracen’s Head at Weston. ST18 0HT
- 16 July: The Three Tuns Inn at Fazely. B78 3QS
- 17 July: The Old Crown at Ansty. CV2 1NP
- 18 July: The Bridge Inn at Napton. CV47 8NQ
- 19 July: The Coach and Horses at Banbury. OX16 5JH
- 20 July: The Highwayman at Kidlington. OX5 1BF
- 21 July: The Swan at Streatley. RG8 9HR
- 22 July: The Crown at Bray. SL6 2A8
- 23 July: The Rowbarge at St. Johns, Woking. GU21 7SA
- 24 July: 4pm Finish at the Waterwitch in Odiham. RG29 1AL
Sadly Robbie passed away in early 2016, however the family continue their fundraising in his memory. One of Robbie’s wishes has been fulfilled as his hero Bear Grylls has agreed to become patron of Robbiesrally. Bear said:
“Robbie was such an inspiration - his love of both life and people touched everyone he met and his spirit lives on encouraging those going through tough times to see sunshine where there is rain and hope where there is loss. Robbiesrally allows us to help those most in need and Robbie himself must be so proud of all that we can do now together in his memory and for his legacy.”
In 2015, Robbie Keville, aged 9, started his own charity - 'robbiesrally' (a fund of Southampton Hospital Charity). Family, friends and others have since organised many events to support the charity.
Importantly, 100% of any funds that you donate go directly to the charity. The events themselves are privately funded with contributions, if we can get them, from organisations wishing to help. For example, for robbiesrow, the kayak has been donated by Artemis Investment Management LLP. Very many thanks to Artemis.
'robbiesrehabilitation' is to be based at Southampton General Hospital and will benefit children who are recovering from brain tumours by providing specialist staff to care for them as they struggle to rebuild their lives. Building on a fund of nearly £100,000, the charity is now poised to employ their first therapist for the next three years. By donating to 'robbiesrow', we will provide a unique home-visiting and outpatient service to approximately 25 children every year. We have chosen a very ambitious target of £28,000 for our upcoming expedition which matches the 0.6 WTE Band 7 salary of either a physio or occupational therapist.