Last Thursday evening saw bptw's boats, ‘BIM There Done That’ and ‘Revit Up’, take to the River Thames to complete the 8.5 mile Meridian Pull challenge from Chelsea to Greenwich in aid of the AHOY Centre, a local charity that uses sailing and rowing to break down social barriers and provide training to disadvantaged young people, At Risk youths, and disabled people.
The skies were kind to the crews, with wonderful sunsets as they zipped past the Houses of Parliament and a fast flowing tide to help them onwards. Both teams performed admirably, completing the course in a very respectable 1:05:33 minutes (BIM There Done That) and 1:07:17 minutes (Revit Up).
Marketing Assistant Lauren Cantillon, one of the 12 staff who made up the bptw crews, said “it was an incredible opportunity to see London from a unique angle, but the real reason we were out there was to raise money for an excellent local charity, who could not offer the life-changing opportunities they do without events like this. Not only does AHOY give young people and the disabled a chance to gain confidence and life skills through water activities and other courses, they also train young carpenters who build the boats that are used to row in. Recently opened on-site residential facilities mean that those with a less stable home life now have a relaxing place to stay whilst completing their courses. It was a thoroughly enjoyable event for a worthy cause.”
As part of bptw’s ‘giving something back’ initiative, the practice kindly offered to match funds raised through staff efforts, meaning that bptw’s rowers have so far raised £3,737.97 for AHOY, exceeding the original target. We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has supported us so far. Should you wish to make a donation towards the AHOY Centre, our Just Giving page is still active:
You can learn more about the AHOY Centre and the fantastic work they do by visiting their website here.