DE LA WARR PAVILION – 100K CHARITY ROW – IN SUPPORT OF HAEMOCHROMATOSIS UK our Charity RMFGC will be matching money raised pound for pound.. we’ve set fund raising at £1000, so please go to

Four of us are undertaking a huge personal challenge to raise funds and awareness for Haemochromatosis, and we hope you don’t mind us taking the liberty of asking for help and support…. please read on.

Lee Holdaway, Charity Founder and Dad wrote:

“It’s a very sad situation our family has found ourselves in with Paul, a son, brother, husband and father being struck down a couple of years back with this tragic disease at such a young age. He has fought tooth and nail through the pain and heartache, having an operation for a new hip, losing the mobility of his ankles, and the constant daily pain of his joints to say nothing for the mental strength he has needed just to drag himself out of bed and carry on hour by hour. I was so proud when Paul committed to a 100k row charity challenge to help raise funds for and awareness of HAEMOCHROMATOSIS. It will be an honour to row with my son on 28th April, the training and commitment I’ve made to take on such a challenge is a small price to pay, and nothing compared to that which Paul has endured, see you on the rower 28th April .. love you, Dad ”

Anyone who has spent time on the Concept2 rowing machines will appreciate the enormity of the challenge being undertaken. Paul Holdaway and his dad, Lee have put in 6 months of gruelling training. 7hrs constant on one of these bad boys is not for the faint hearted..

They are not alone, close friends James Bennett and Andy Ashby both first time rowers have taken on the challenge of rowing a marathon – 42,195 mtrs… no mean feat in itself.

We will have a spare rower on the day, so please help by coming along to row anything from 1000 meters +, donating £5 to our good cause.. Or donate the £5 and nominate a friend or family member to do the rowing for you.. Or just support this extreme challenge, for this very worthwhile cause and donate through our Justgiving page. Don’t forget we match pound for pound what’s raised..

If you can come along and offer your moral support that too will be greatly appreciated, it will be a long day in the saddle for us guys, but knowing we are making a difference in some way will get us through it I am sure.

Thank you in advance for your support.

Lee Holdaway
Race Director