David Jones completes marathon rowing challenge!

30th December 2013

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As Harry Martin-Dreyer and Alex Bland continued their amazing Rowing 4 Research challenge across the Atlantic Ocean there was another marathon rowing challenge taking place to raise money for Cure Leukaemia!

On December 28th at the Virgin Active gym in Twickenham David Jones was joined by his good friend Ian Roots in the rowing machine workout area. David set himself a challange of rowing one million meters on a Concept 2 ergometer between January 1st and December 31st 2013 and the 54 year-old decided he would row 42,195 (26 miles) of those meters in one sitting and raise money for Cure Leukaemia in the process!

The Head of Financial Adviser Services for global company Dimensional completed the challenge in 3 hours, 20 minutes and 12 seconds and has raised over £4,000 for the charity! David's friend Ian, who completed his own Atlantic rowing challenge a few years ago, helped pace the married father of two towards his goal. The first half of the row went smoothly but with fifteen kilometers to go David really began to feel the pace but with the support of family and friends around him managed to get over the finish line!

He completed his one million meter challenge for 2013 on New Year's Eve, concluding an amazing achievement.

David lost his brother Andrew to leukaemia in 2007. He was 46 years old. Andy was a brilliant musician and well-known on the West Midlands music circuit before he contracted the terrible disease. He was treated by Cure Leukaemia's co-founder Professor Charlie Craddock at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital but sadly Andy wasn't able to beat it.

David said: 

The choice of the charity was easy. I was sorting out some papers following my father’s death in September this year and I found a copy of a letter that Professor Craddock had written to him in 2008 acknowledging a donation that my father had made. So, both for my brother and my late father, I thought it would be fitting to continue to support Cure Leukaemia.

I am glad that through the generous support of family, friends, colleagues and clients we have been able to raise some additional funds to support the great work of Professor Craddock and his team.

Cure Leukaemia would like to thank David for his wonderful fundraising effort. The money he has raised will be worth over £40,000 in potentially life-saving drug treatments so huge thanks to him and everyone who donated.

If you have a challenge you'd like to take on to raise money for Cure Leukaemia please email us at info@cureleukaemia.co.uk to get started!

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