Thursday, 3 October 2013

The Big Row photos


The Big Row at Spitalfield Markets in London in aid of the Chauncy Maples Hospital clinic on Lake Malawi in Africa. Held on Wednesday 11th September 2013 in the middle of Spitalfield markets.
I went along with a cartoon that I drew of Mark Holford from Thomas Miller shipping Insurance company. Mark had the idea of support the ship project after hearing the Founder Janie Hampton of the project on the radio in 2009.


Janie Hampton lived out in Africa in the 1970's and got concerned about health. Janie worked on several health related books. The hospital clinic ship is a great way of reaching people who live out on the lake. The lake is the size of Britain which is enormous. Janie came across the ship while on holiday. The ship was originally used as a hospital ship along time ago and then had many uses.



Rugby contestants in the sponsored row being interviewed by Angela Rippon.



The Market was a buzz of nerves and excitement. 76 crews took part in the sponsored row.



I had a practise row before starting. Two days before I some training at the UEA sports park in the gym.



I am not very sporty person but I have rowed out at sea in Queensland Australia and went whitewater rafting on the Tully river all tough conditions.



Janie Hampton and Nicola Russell made us all brilliant hats in the shape of the Chauncy Maples ship.



Banners hung down the centre of the market and the carpet was the biggest Malawi flag.



I hung out in the VIP area where drinks and snacks were being served.



Lots of city people were at the event.



Everyone was having fun.



Rowers waited for the start of the row.



Two camera crews ran around the event filming and projecting.



Everyone warming up for the start.


Celebrity supporters of the cause Katie Derham, Robert Treharne Jones and Angela Rippon.



A camera crew filmed the event and projected it on the stage



Lots of rowers waiting to row



Founder of the Chauncy Maples restoration on the big screen



Founder Janie Hampton talking to Patron celebrity Katie Derham 



Sheriff Jeffrey Evans draws the opening of the event.



Patron Angela Rippon hosts the Big Row and encourages the rowers to row



Count down for the start of the row



Sheriff blows his horn and were off



Wine was served and snacks were served in the VIP area



Famous writer Louisa Young was on the Champion women rowers team



Angela gets the Sheriffs opinion



Thomas Miller celebrity Mark Holford. Mark heard about the charity on the radio and decided that his employer should support it as part of there 125th year celebrations at Thomas Miller.



Robert Rijkhoff the Chauncy Maples web designer records the Champion women rowers



The carpet was the biggest Malawi flag in the world



Kit Hesketh-Harvey comedy writer was on the Veteran champions women's team



World champion Veteran rowers 



World champion veteran rowers



Janie with her home made hat in the shape of the ship talking to High Commissioner Arthur Frederick Broadbridge



Alan Machin prepares to row for his team



Angela Rippon chatting to Atlantic rower Roz Savage



Janie with her home made Malawi flag skirt and all of our team in boat hats



Angela Rippon talking to Annemarie Phelps



Everyone gathered around the go-live team



Kit Hesketh-Harvey chatting to Angela Rippon


Our team raised over 10,000 pounds around half a million was raised to restore the ship



Rower Julie Summers looking at the interview



CEO Belinda waiting to row



On the big screen



Holding a cheque of another team who raised 10,000 pounds too.



Roz Savage talking to literary agent Simon Trewin



Lots of photos of the other teams that are listed on the Big row website






Winners of the big row The Royal Navy








Onesied Noahs ark team




































Janie Hampton rowing





Roz Savage rowing




Drummers on stage keeping the momentum




Simon Trewin rowing




Fiona Morrison sorting out all the times for our team 




Julie Summers rowing


Belinda Rowing



Annemarie Phelps rowing


Sally Kettle helping all the rowers






Louisa Young rowing


Me in front of the big screen 





Kit and Angelia Rippn



Sally Kettle rowing 






Mapisto Tempo rowing




The dark angels team









The ground crew doing a great job



My name up in lights. Sponsor the Big row

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