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The Final Countdown Begins

For our intrepid rowing alumnae in Team ExtraOARdinary, the start of term means it's now just 90 days until they do battle with the waves in the 3,000-mile Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.

LEH senior lead rowing coach Abby Johnston (Class of 2007) and Charlotte Irving (Class of 2008), along with team member Kat, will set out from the Canary Islands on December 12th. The summer months have seen them hard at work training and fundraising in their bid to raise £100,000 for three cancer charities. 

They need all our support to hit their target, so please click here to buy tickets for their charity ball next week, on Saturday 18 September and here to see details of their corporate sponsorship deals or to make a donation.

Their nominated cancer charities have been hard-hit by the pandemic, making them all the more determined to succeed.  It’s a cause close to their hearts, as teammate Kat was diagnosed with the devastating disease in 2019 and after surgery, believed she was in remission. However, last year during lockdown, Kat found out the cancer had come back and unfortunately this time it will be incurable. This challenge is her way of making the most of whatever time she has left and putting the CAN in cancer. 

On Saturday 18 September, the ExtraOARdinary crew are holding a black-tie fundraising dinner at Grosvenor House on Park Lane, and there are still a few tickets left.  They are inviting the LEH community to join them for a fun-filled evening of entertainment including auctions, raffles and live music. Bargain Hunt’s David Harper is the celebrity auctioneer and there are some fantastic prizes on offer, so please do buy a ticket or even a whole table.

The team are also looking for corporate sponsorship of the boat and have a range of packages available, including branding space on the boat. As they approach the start line, the publicity is ramping up. They have already been featured in Hello magazine, with more coverage about to hit, so it looks set to be a high-profile campaign.

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