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HCL Sponsors Atlantic Rowing Duo

HCL Sponsors Atlantic Rowing Duo
HCL is proud to be the chief sponsor of a plucky pair of amateur rowers as they prepare to row the Atlantic for charity and last week hosted the duos launch party at Thames Rowing Club, the prestigious start point of the Oxford-Cambridge boat race.
Joe Thompson, 22, from Guildford, and Chris Brooks, 22, from Steyning, are taking part in the Woodvale Challenge, a bench mark for extreme sports across the world.  They will compete against other teams in a gruelling two month,  3,000 mile race starting from La Gomera in the Canary Islands and finishing in Antigua.  They are raising money for charities Chestnut Tree House childrens hospice, which supports children with life limiting conditions, and Grafham Grange Special Educational Trust, which provides bespoke education for children with behavioural and emotional challenges.  HCL is chief sponsor, having pledged 12,000.
Last weeks launch party, attended by industry figures, sponsors and press, raised over 1, 200 for the charities with an auction and a raffle.  The auction items, which included rare 1966 World Cup and Muhammed Ali displays, were provided by Blue Monday, while Neil Townend of Moonlighting Events was the evenings compere and auctioneer.  The evening also saw a cheeky PR stunt in which the boys demonstrated their skills by rowing the Thames in HCL purple thongs!
Kate Bleasdale, Executive Vice Chairman of HCL, said:  We are proud to pledge 12,000 to support Chris and Joe in their Atlantic adventure, and to recognise the dedication and achievements of these two stellar charities in giving practical help to children and young people when it is needed most.  We are incredibly impressed with Chris and Joes commitment so far and we think they can win this challenge!
Joe Thompson said: When I first met Chris as a fresher at university, little did I know that four years later we would be preparing ourselves to face the elements in what is possibly the toughest endurance race on earth.  We chose the Atlantic Rowing Race because it poses the ultimate physical and psychological challenge and is our way of paying tribute to, and raising funds for, these two fantastic charities which are dedicated to supporting children and young people at challenging times in their lives.
Chris Brooks agreed:
Braving the Atlantic in a small rowing boat, rowing twelve hours a day for two months, will be a challenge utterly removed from the creature comforts of our everyday lives.  What drives us is the determination to achieve our physical goal and also to help gain recognition and support for our chosen charities.  Were very grateful to HCL for helping us get this far.


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