BDHL to take on mammoth row for charity

09 September 2016

Next week, the BDHL team will be embarking on a mammoth rowing challenge for Ellenor. We are proud to be sponsoring them with their 100,000 meter task and we’re excited to receive an update from Fiona Blaxland, office administrator at BDHL yesterday.

Here's Fiona's update:

This year BDHL are taking part in the accumulator challenge set by the children’s charity Ellenor. The Kent based charity currently cares for over 200 families who have a child with a terminal illness.

Ellenor’s mission is “to lead and coordinate the best personalised care for all ages.” Sharing their expertise to “ensure that all families facing terminal illness get the right support in the best place possible, enabling them to make the most of the time they have.”

In July, BDHL were presented with a flower pot containing a £50 note with the aim to grow the note over the subsequent three months. As a team we have decided on a target of £1000.00 and have just hit the £900 mark.

Our main event is taking place on next week on Wednesday 14 September, where as a team we are attempting the 100,000 metres indoor rowing challenge.

We have sought a rowing machine, and ‘lightly’ trained for this event which will happen at the BDHL Lamberhurst Vineyard office. Guy Jones and Caroline Weiss-Jones, Directors of BDHL are to be the first on the rowing machine, followed by the rest of the team. We are planning on each of us rowing for about 15-20 minutes and then circulating through the team until the miles are complete.

Personally, I have always enjoyed watching, as well as playing all sports and have been part of many teams during both my personal and professional life. Therefore, I leapt at the opportunity to join team BDHL in the 100,000 meter row challenge, especially as the children’s charity Ellenor is such a worthy cause.

Before I agreed to be part of team BDHL I use to only go to the gym once a week for a PT session! The challenge, and both the Olympic and Paralympic athletes competing at Rio this summer, has now motivated me to jump on a rowing machine whenever I have spare time. I would classify myself as a sprinter rather than a long distance sportswoman so I know that my part of the 100,000 meters is going to be tough.

However the amazing work that Ellenor undertake each day, all year round, as well as the support from my colleagues and team mates and all the generous donations that have been given, I know are going inspire me with every pull of the rowing machine. I look forward with both excitement and nerves to the challenge ahead.

We would welcome all visitors to our office on Wednesday and you will be supplied with coffee, biscuits and a guaranteed laugh for a contribution to this worthy cause.

If you’d like to support the team at BDHL, you can do so by donating on their Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/BDHL-Berwick-Devoil-Healthcare-Ltd