Students at University Centre Shrewsbury (UCS) have recently taken part in a charity challenge to row the length of the River Severn on rowing ergs, in aid of Shropshire charity Severn Hospice, raising an impressive £316 so far.
The fifteen students, some of which are involved in the sports teams and societies at UCS, including netball, rowing and fencing, took part in the fundraiser at the Pengwern Boat Club on Wednesday 23rd January, and rowed a total of 354km in just under three hours.
To show their support, and spur on the rowers efforts, members of the University Centre were amongst the crowd of well-wishers at the club.
Natasha Leech, Medical Genetics student at UCS, said: “We all had such a great afternoon! I’m so proud of everyone who took part because without their efforts we’d never have been able to reach our target of 354k in this timeframe. We might have been there all night!
“It has been a difficult challenge but everyone has really enjoyed the afternoon, and there was a great atmosphere. I wanted to organise the event, in the first instance, to raise money for a worthy cause, but I also felt it was important to include a social element to the day and an excuse to get students from UCS together. I’m so pleased there was such a good turnout.
“At UCS we are very keen to support local charities that benefit communities in Shrewsbury and Shropshire, so supporting a charity like Severn Hospice for this fundraiser was the perfect fit.”
To support the Magnificent Severn event and donate to Severn Hospice, you just have to follow this link: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/natasha-leech.