A team of rowers from KCC took part in a charity rowathon and raised more than a thousand pounds for Dandelion Time, a charity that supports children and young people traumatised by abuse, neglect or having early life attachment difficulties.
Dandelion Time, based in West Farleigh, held the indoor rowing event in Marden last weekend and invited teams and individual fundraisers to help row a total of 1000 miles, non-stop, for 3 days and 2 nights. That’s the distance from Marden to Monte Carlo!
The 7 members of the KCC team – Paul Carter, Debbie Horton, Claire White, Sarah Nurden, Richard Hallett, Lucy Majin and Richard Long – managed to row more than 10,000m in 50 minutes.
“It was a superbly organised event and KCC was delighted to take part and raise much needed funds for this worthwhile charity,” said Paul Carter, Leader of Kent County Council.
“Dandelion Time helps to improve the lives of so many children through practical farm-based activities and emotional support. The charity supports highly troubled children and families overcome trauma and lead more positive lives.
“The rowathon was tremendous fun and I think Team KCC achieved a respectable distance to contribute to the overall tally of miles! Our thanks go to everyone who sponsored us and donated money to this great cause.”
Established in 2003, Dandelion Time is a charitable project for children and young people who may display emotional distress through aggressive or withdrawn behaviour. The charity helps the children to overcome past suffering, develop more confidence and self-esteem and discover a new and positive path to follow.
The charity rowers reached the 1000 mile target with seconds to spare and Dandelion Time hopes to raise more than 13 thousand pounds from the event.
Caroline Jessel, the charity’s Head of Fundraising, said “It was so uplifting to see so many people working together to achieve a single goal all in aid of the children and families of Dandelion Time.”