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Record-breaking Rowing attempt to raise cash for St Elizabeth's Positive living and learning for people with epilepsy and other complex needs

Record-breaking Rowing attempt to raise cash for St Elizabeth's

Record-breaking Rowing attempt to raise cash for St Elizabeth's

In June this year, two serving Police Officers for Herts Constabulary, along with two of their friends, are taking on the challenge of a lifetime: attempting to row 2,700 miles (4,345km) from California to Hawaii in a record breaking time.

They are aiming to beat the current record of 39 days to row from Monterey to Honolulu. They will be rowing across the North Pacific in two-hour shifts, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and, if they capsize, will have to contend with 50ft waves and shark-infested waters. They will be alone in the middle of the ocean, eating rehydrated food cooked on a small gas stove using seawater transformed into drinking water. Solar panels on the boat will support their communications and other equipment. If successful, they will be the oldest crew to complete the challenge as they are all in their 40s.

Why are they doing this?! To raise money for St Elizabeth’s, a Much Hadham-based charity that supports more than 200 vulnerable children and adults with severe learning disabilities and complex medical needs, offering specialist 24-7 care, education, skills-development and health support. They are also supporting Matthew’s Friends and the Marine Conservation Society.

The inspiration for the trip is Hadley, Darren Clawson's son who is 14 and who developed severe epilepsy as a toddler. When he was young, he suffered a series of catastrophic seizures that almost claimed his life. His resulting all-encompassing disability means he cannot walk, talk or feed himself, and requires 24-7 support. He attends St Elizabeth's specialist School and Children’s Home, and benefits from specialist on-site Health and Therapy support to care for his unique medical and therapeutic needs, and to keep him safe, well and happy.

Their aptly named “Endurance Limits” appeal pays tribute to Hadley's fight for life.

The Endurance Limits Team is made up of: Darren Clawson and Arron Worbey (both Hertfordshire-based policemen), Darren Baker, a chartered financial planner from Somerset, and Simon Evans from Cheltenham, who works in IT consultancy.

They are aiming to raise over £50,000 and their fundraising will enable St Elizabeth’s to refurbish, modernise and kit-out a bespoke Health Centre where they can run on-site Neurology, Epilepsy, Psychiatry and general Health clinics, and link up with their therapy provisions to offer a more holistic model.

Darren Clawson says: “St Elizabeth’s means so much to my family and has been a godsend, allowing Hadley to receive the specialist care his condition requires…and providing him with schooling that he’d never have access to elsewhere”.

To donate to this mammoth challenge, please go to:

To follow their progress:

Facebook:  @EnduranceLimits

Twitter:  @EnduranceLimits

Instagram : @endurancelimits

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