Oarsome BLP’ers take on The Big Row Challenge


  • Date: 16/09/2013
Oarsome BLP’ers take on The Big Row Challenge

BLP Insurance raises over £10k for Chauncy Maples Malawi Trust

BLP Insurance, the residential and commercial building defects insurer last week participated in The Big Row in conjunction with the Chauncy Maples Malawi Trust. 

The event saw 77 teams competing against each other to row the fastest 10,000 metres, to raise the final £1,000,000 needed to complete the renovation of Africa’s oldest floating ship into a mobile medical clinic.

The money raised will allow for the Thomas Miller sponsored Chauncy Maples project to be completed.  The MV Chauncy Maples ship is Africa’s oldest floating ship and is being renovated into a state-of-the-art mobile health clinic which will sail to the remotest fishing villages surrounding Lake Malawi where malaria, TB and HIV/AIDS are prevalent and will have the necessary equipment on board to treat locals. The renovation of this 1899 ship is under way in Monkey Bay and she is expected to go into service from the end of 2014.

The BLP Insurance team ‘Oarsome BLP’ers’ raised in excess of £10k for the cause. The event took place on Wednesday 11 September in Spitalfields Traders Market and attracted a number of famous supporters and patrons including The Rt.Hon. Roger Gifford, Lord Mayor of the City of London, Angela Rippon OBE and Sir Matthew Pinsent CBE. 

Team captain, Adrian Stahl, says: “Once completed, the Chauncy Maples ship will be a fantastic medical facility for the people of Lake Malawi for many years to come, and knowing that our efforts were contributing to such a worthwhile cause made us even more determined to clock up as fast a time as possible so we could live up to our team name!”

The team comprised of twelve members: Adrian Stahl (Team Captain), Andrew Woods, Ben Walker, Claire Hudson, Derek Watts, Jeff Maxted, Kelly Moyns, Luke Taylor, Mark Crosby, Peter Mayer, Ranbhere Rihal and Rob Scott.

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