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Chris on the John Disley Skiff
Chris on the Skiff, the John Disley

From 25th June to 3rd July, Chris Leeson the Griffins Director, rowed the length of the Thames from the navigable source in Lechlade in Gloucestershire to the Thames Barrier, to raise funds for Griffins

She rowed the 171 odd miles over nine days in a traditional wooden still-water skiff, the John Disley. As Chris says: 

"it was hard work, but we had a lot of fun along the way; we even dropped in on the Henley Regatta on the first day - although we were rowing in the 'wrong' direction, so no prizes for us! Probably the most challenging was rowing through the Pool of London - the large passenger vessels don't take prisoners so we did take on quite a bit of water.  Rowing through the Barrier was amazing but coming back through it again meant we were against the tide - a rather tough row to end on but worth it - all 171 miles and 41 odd locks of it".  

Chris is a member of a traditional rowing club called the 'Bench Blisters', all of whom are connected with the courts and a number of her Bench Blister friends joined her on the row. 

It's not too late to donate - Chris's donations page will be open for a few months, so please, visit her BT Mydonate page - we are eligible for Gift Aid and every little helps!

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How we are funded

The society funded the first ten years of its fellowship programme from money realised from the sale of property, and investments still help to fund the current programme of fellowships.  

We are now entering a new phase of the society's existence and for the first time in its history we will need to fundraise.  

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