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Taking on the Thames for charity

April 23, 2021

Last year I had plans to row down the Thames with a couple of friends, recreating Jerome K. Jerome’s ‘Three Men in a Boat’ to raise money for local home nursing charity Shipston Home Nursing. Sadly, a pandemic swept over us all and we had to call off our ‘great expedition’.

Twelve months have passed and we are delighted to announce that the trip is back on! We will be starting our 85 mile journey in Oxford next month, on the 24th May. Like all charities Shipston Home Nursing has been hit hard by the lack of fundraising in the last year or so, and we are therefore even more determined to raise as much money as we can for them. Please give generously if you can… and kindly spare a thought for my shipmates, David Williams and William Drysdale, who are a little alarmed at having to row me and my extra lockdown pounds down the Thames.

We will be starting at Donnington Bridge, Oxford on the 24th May and aiming to arrive at Walton-on-Thames on the 29th May and plan to post updates along the way on the firm’s social media.

One of my fellow rowers, David Williams commented: “Skills needed in the rowing boat – raw rowing power, navigational skills, good banter, quiet sleeping, motivational encouragement, light weight, tidiness, opening bottles of wine and drinking – Jonathan has some of the necessary skills, but not all of them – I’ll let you decide!”

To read more about the event and charity we are supporting, please visit and if you are able to donate anything we would be extremely grateful as anything we raise up to a maximum of £10,000 will be matched by a very generous donor, meaning for every £1 raised we will donate £2 to Shipston Home Nursing.

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