Crossing the Channel Cotswold-style!

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Crossing the Channel Cotswold-style!

Cotswold Leisure Cirencester hosted a ‘rowathon’ on 23 June and raised almost £1,000 for the cardiac units at hospitals in Cheltenham and Oxford.

Paul Smith - who attends a cardiac rehabilitation class run by Cotswold District Council Healthy Communities Officer, Sarah Clifton-Gould – had a heart attack last year and received excellent care at both Cheltenham General and Oxford Radcliffe hospitals. He wanted to raise some funds to express his gratitude, and came up with the idea of rowing the equivalent of the English Channel and back – some 84 km. Paul enlisted a team of seven volunteers to help him achieve the target and each team member rowed distances of between 7.5 and 10 km on two Concept II rowing machines in the gym at Cotswold Leisure, Cirencester.

Sarah Clifton-Gould was one of the volunteers and, after the event, she commented: “We are all exhausted and we certainly don’t envy people doing this for real in the English Channel. Nevertheless, it was well worth it to achieve Paul’s target of £1,000 which will go towards helping other heart patients receive the support they need.”

For more details about the cardiac rehabilitation classes run by Cotswold DC see

Posted : 28/06/2012 11:02:11

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