7 Days to go – how the Rebels are staying motivated

After the disappointment of the postponement of our June Channel row for The AHOY Centre, we’ve been taking a little time out to re-group. It’s a strange feeling when you build yourself up to something major and it doesn’t happen.

Some of us have had our summer holidays and are feeling refreshed and invigorated. Some of us have ‘staycationed’ and made the most of the incredible weather. Some of us have got our heads down and thrown ourselves back in to work whilst coming to terms with the news.

We’ve just had confirmation of our itinerary for our revised row date, and now it’s feeling VERY real again! We are excited to confirm that Rebels hope to take to the English Channel on Thursday 16 August, with 17 & 18 as stand-by dates. Fingers and toes are crossed for clement weather this time!

One thing that the team have found that keeps us motivated is the incredible stories of others who have achieved great things, or who strive to succeed in the face of  adversity or other odds. Sport has a way of showing us all that we can do so much if we really put our minds to it. 

Here’s a round up of our favourite stories that prove sport is for everyone. If we can’t find motivation in any of these accounts, then we won’t find it anywhere. And what’s even better, they all prove that THIS GIRL CAN

AHOY HEAD ROWING COACH, SARAH CAIRNS, TRAVELS TO PARIS FOR THE 2018 GAY GAMES

We especially love this story because Sarah has been central to our rowing training. She has given us so much encouragement and advice, and has never been shy to tell us when we’re rowing particularly badly! You can read all about the Gay Games and see the ITV London News interview with Sarah here.

Sarah & her team brought home a bronze medal in the mixed eights rowing. An achievement to be celebrated, for sure.

AMPUTEE & BREAST CANCER SUFFERER, VICKI GILBERT, TAKES PART IN A CHANNEL SWIM RELAY

If anything puts things in to perspective, it’s a story like Vicki’s. The message throughout her story is achievement in the face of adversityRead Vicki’s incredible story at the Aspire website.  Aspire support people with spinal injury.

SEA GALS BECOME THE YOUNGEST FEMALE RELAY TEAM TO SWIM THE ENGLISH CHANNEL

The Sea Gals are a team of 6 girls aged 13 and 14 from south London. After an incredible effort at the end of July this year, they became the youngest female relay team to swim the Channel. To achieve so much at such a tender age, the possibilities for these inspiring young women are limitless.  Read all about their challenge here.

So, with renewed motivation, it’s onwards and upwards for Rebels Without Paws. We’ll keep you posted on how we get on next week!

Thank you for your support.

Rebels Without Paws x

 

 

The Rowing Song

In the last few days, Rebels Without Paws have been coming to terms with the fact that the weather has temporarily postponed our Channel row for The AHOY Centre. It’s disappointing. We’ve had to unpack our kit bags and come down from the anticipation and feeling of readiness. We are staying positive, though, and are working with The AHOY Centre to reschedule.

We think that Roald Dahl’s The Rowing Song sums things up quite well. Whilst we have avoided the hurricane a-blowing this time, we’re certainly not showing any signs that [we] are slowing. Unlike the rowers in the poem, though, we will soon know exactly where we are going!

The Rowing Song
Round the world and home again
That’s the sailor’s way
Faster faster, faster faster

There’s no earthly way of knowing
Which direction we are going
There’s no knowing where we’re rowing
Or which way the river’s flowing

Is it raining, is it snowing
Is a hurricane a–blowing

Not a speck of light is showing
So the danger must be growing
Are the fires of Hell a–glowing
Is the grisly reaper mowing

Yes, the danger must be growing
For the rowers keep on rowing
And they’re certainly not showing
Any signs that they are slowing.

Roald Dahl

Please keep your eyes on the blog for updates. We’ll be rowing again soon!

Rebels Without Paws

It’s finally here!

This month we’ve been planning, training and fundraising and the BIG week is finally here. There’s the small element of mother nature to over-come (weather & sea conditions may change the plan) but the team are now ready to hit the Channel.

 

June has been an incredible month. We’ve raised well over £2,500 and we’d like to thank everyone who has contributed: be it by coming to one of our events, buying or making things for our fundraising stall, or by donating money or time to help us. Every last penny will enable The AHOY Centre to continue their amazing work with disadvantaged or at risk youngsters and disabled people. 

 

The next few days will be dedicated to hydration, nutrition, rest, sleep and final prep. Jane & Rosie have prepared their Cox’s briefing; our kit lists are made. Accommodation is arranged and the boat’s already in Dover. Armed with a carefully selected list of pick-me-up tunes to match our rowing stroke rate, a kids’ joke book and bags of positive attitude, we think we’re ready  to handle whatever the Channel has in store for us.

Bring it on!

Rebels Without Paws

 

 

The Rebels Quiz Night & Auction: What you Need to Know before 1 June

THE QUIZ

If you’ve got tickets for Friday night’s Quiz Night, then we’re really looking forward to welcoming you to yet another sell-out event! Once again, the fabulous team at Shrewsbury House are hosting us. This is our last fundraising event before we row the Channel, and it’s sure to be a good one.

The quiz will start promptly at 7.30 pm, with Quiz Master, Kate, at the helm. Please arrive in plenty of time to pay your £5.00 pp entry fee, get a drink from the bar and to chose your seats. Prizes have been organised and the competition is fierce!

Not able to join us? Please read on because we’re also hosting an auction and you can get involved.

THE AUCTION

We’ve been totally overwhelmed by the generosity of  many businesses in the local area (and further afield) who have gifted some fabulous items for our auction. So fabulous, in fact, we’d like to extend the chance to join in to anyone who would like to take part.

More about this later. First: the important stuff…

THE AHOY CENTRE

All money raised from the auction will go towards our fundraising target of £12,000.00 for The AHOY Centre.

We are sure that, by now, most people that know us will also know who The AHOY Centre are and what they do. A wonderful charity supporting disadvantaged youngsters and disabled people through sailing and rowing, they are helping individuals to reach their potential. Every, single, day.

A quote that embodies what The AHOY Centre is all about comes from a youngster from the apprenticeship scheme: “Being at AHOY has literally saved my life…”

Find out more about the Centre and what it means to the people it supports, here.

WHAT’S AVAILABLE?

The list of available lots can be found here.  

More information about the lots (actual sizes, etc) can be obtained via email up to 10.00 am on Friday 1 June 2018.

To find out more, please email before this deadline :

rebelswithoutpaws@inletmanagement.co.uk

WHO CAN BID & HOW?

Please feel free to tell your friends about the auction. Everyone is welcome to bid by email. Email bids can be made up to 3.00 pm on Friday 1 June 2018. 

If you are making an email bid, please ensure that it is your best and final offer.  Only the highest email bid will go through to the auction in the evening. If no higher bid is made at the event, then the highest email bid will win.

All email bids should be submitted to:

rebelswithoutpaws@inletmanagement.co.uk

Email bids should include:

  • Lot number
  • Lot description
  • Bid value
  • Bidder’s name
  • Bidder’s phone number
  • Bidder’s address
  • Bidder’s email address

If you prefer your name not to be announced by the auctioneer at the auction, please specify this in your email. Your bid will then be identified as ‘anonymous’.

RESERVE PRICES

The people and businesses that have donated these lots have been extremely generous. Their details are given in the list of lots.

For some lots, we have identified a minimum reserve price.  In some cases, the reserve is well below the actual value of the lot. Please bear this in mind when bidding, and don’t forget where your money will be going!

CONFIDENTIALITY

Please rest assured that no personal information will be retained after the event, and it will certainly not be used for any other purpose than to be able to contact the lot winners. If you chose to pay for your bid via our fundraising page, you will be able to view any relevant privacy notices at the point of donation.

PROXY BIDDING

If you’re not coming to the quiz but know someone who is, then you are welcome to ask them to act as proxy representative for you. Phone bids will not be possible on the night due to time constraints and potential issues with phone reception. It is up to individuals to organise their own proxy representative to bid on their behalf.

PAYMENT

Winning lots can be paid for in cash on the night, or by submitting the bid amount to the Rebels Without Paws fundraising page which you can find here.

Once done, bid winners should email rebelswithoutpaws@inletmanagement.co.uk to confirm, and arrangements will be made to get their item to them.

DELIVERY OF ITEMS

Items can either be taken on the night if paid for at the event, or hand delivered within the SE18 postcode area if payment is made via the fundraising page. For bulky items won by those attending the quiz, we are happy to arrange delivery within SE18, rather than winners taking them home with them on the night.

If bid winners are outside our local area, we will happily post items to them via an appropriate postal service. We would kindly ask that winners offer to pay the postage for their item. This will mean that we can ensure that all funds raised on the night can go directly to The AHOY Centre.

PLEASE REMEMBER!

We would ask anyone bidding on items to remember that this is a charity auction. All proceeds will go to The AHOY Centre.  Be generous, but please only bid if you really want an item. It would be such a shame to lose a donation because someone changes their mind after the event!

AND FINALLY….

This is meant to be fun! Whilst our aim is to raise some serious money for a very, very worthy cause, we are hoping that even if you’re taking part remotely, you enjoy the anticipation of bidding on any of our lots.

THE LAST WORD(S)...

Thank you – from the bottom of our hearts – for your support!

Love,  Rebels Without Paws  

Greenwich Wellness Rooms Supports Rebels Without Paws to Row the English Channel!

The Greenwich Wellness Rooms is a bespoke wellness centre based in Greenwich. They are committed to improving all aspects of wellbeing, and have an extensive team of experts to meet your every need.

Rebels Team Captain, Libby, is a Counsellor and Mindfulness Teacher at the Centre. Rowing the Channel was her brainchild, and Libby explains that “Training to be a mindfulness teacher has helped me experience things I might otherwise find terrifying!”.

If you’ve read our earlier Blogs, you’ll know that Libby swam the Channel last year and decided to ask her friends to take part in the latest challenge to raise funds for The AHOY Centre in Deptford. The AHOY, which helps empower disadvantaged young people to change their lives through sailing and rowing, has a huge impact in our local community.

The Greenwich Wellness Rooms have also stepped up to the challenge offering their services to our rowing team for free. A personal trainer will help with our fitness, a voice coach will train the crew’s Cox to project her voice; a nutritionist will ensure the team are eating well; and an osteopath will help improve our joints. This teamwork will ensure that we reach optimum wellness by the time we set off. Find out more about the services that Greenwich Wellness Rooms offers here.

Nicola Vanlint, Co-Founder and Psychotherapist at the Greenwich Wellness Rooms said: “We are focused on teamwork and improving wellbeing within the community, so couldn’t think of a better challenge to support than a team of rowers rowing to raise funds for a local charity committed to that cause.”

The Greenwich Wellness Rooms is based on the seven dimensions of wellness, which the challenge ties in with:

  • Physical – the challenge is intensely physical and will stretch the team
    • Emotional – Rowing the Channel will be an emotional journey
    • Social – the tean have bonded over our shared love of dog walking and have formed new relationships which have enabled this challenge
    • Occupational – some of the team work in the field of wellbeing including Libby, a trained counsellor
    • Intellectual – as we prepare to row the Channel we are learning new skills along the way
    • Spiritual – having the courage to take off in a boat together is a spiritual quest in many ways
    • Environmental – on the water, everyone is subject to the environment and has to work with the elements

Find out more about Greenwich Wellness Rooms’ commitment to wellness here.

We have now raised over half of our fundraising target of £12,000. Our next hosted event is Afternoon Tea at Severndroog Castle to celebrate the Royal Wedding! Tickets (£15.00 each) can be booked by emailing: rebelswithoutpaws@inletmanagement.co.uk

Support the Greenwich Wellness Rooms and the rowing team and donate to this worthy cause here.

Michelle

On behalf of Rebels Without Paws

Fundraising update and more thank yous!

The Rebels team have been busy pushing towards their fundrasing target of £12,000, all with the continued help and support of some great local organisations.

Sunday 8 April saw our fundraising stall at Greenwich Market. As with much of Royal Greenwich, the Market is steeped in history. According to the Market’s website: “Greenwich has long been home to a Royal Charter Market which was originally assigned to the Commissioners of Greenwich Hospital on the 19th December 1700 for 1,000 years.” To have the chance to take our fundraising to such a wonderful location, and to be so warmly supported by Market Manager, Ben and his Team, felt like a great privilege.

Despite the rain, we did our best to rouse the spirits of market visitors by rowing the equivalent distance of our Channel row on a rowing machine borrowed from The AHOY Centre. Credit must go to Andy Murphy from The AHOY Centre, who gave up his Sunday to come and support us in awful weather conditions!

 

Thank you to everyone who bought some of our handmade goodies for their dog, or who put money in our collection buckets: you kept us going in the cold and rain and made it all worthwhile. In total we raised £336.00 and have now reached a total of £5,685.00 towards our £12,000.00 target. If you haven’t donated yet, and can help us reach the next huge milestone of £6,000.00, then you can donate here.

We’ve got some exciting events planned for May & June, and tickets are on sale now. On Saturday 19 May we have the honour of being able to host a celebration Afternoon Tea at another historic Greenwich venue: Severndroog Castle. Tickets are £15.00 for tea, cake & sandwiches (donations over and above the ticket price are welcomed). We’ll also be offering a free glass of prosecco so that you can raise a toast to Prince Harry & Meghan! If you’d like to book a ticket, please email: rebelswithoutpaws@inletmanagement.co.uk.

Friday 1 June will see ‘Paws II: Quiz Night’ in the Old Library Bar, Shrewsbury House. Tickets are £5.00 each (again, donations above the ticket price will not be turned away!) and those who come along are invited to bring their own nibbles and snacks (no food will be provided on the night). There will also be some fabulous Lots to bid for in our silent auction, so don’t miss out: book your tickets by email: rebelswithoutpaws@inletmangement.co.uk.

Thanks to all the amazing people who continue to support our efforts to raise funds for a fabulous charity. If you’re not familiar with what The AHOY Centre do, please take a couple of minutes to read all about them. Who knows, maybe this time next year we’ll be supporting your team as you fundraise for your own Channel row!

Thanks for reading.

Team Rebels Without Paws

 

A big thank you following a big weekend!

What a weekend for the Rebels Without Paws team! Friday and Sunday saw our biggest fundraising push to date with a quiz night at Shrewsbury House, followed by a Vintage and Craft Fair (also at Shrewsbury House).

Together, the 2 events boosted our fundraising total significantly, and the amount raised to date now stands at £4705. We are so grateful to all of those who turned out to support us over the weekend, especially as we were in the grip of the winter’s biggest freeze. The warmth and generosity people have shown has been incredible, and it all helps to keep us motivated to push on to achieve our £12,000.00 target.

One thing we all know for certain: we wouldn’t have had so much success without the support of some incredible individuals and organisations. We’d therefore like to publicly thank:

  • Gary at Diamond Digital for the leaflets
  • Jess and John and their staff at Shrewsbury House for helping with the quiz night and hosting the event in the bar at the House (incidentally open every Friday evening, if you’re local!)
  • Emma at Sweet William Designs for the generous donation of some beautiful doggy items for our raffle, craft stall and other up and coming events
  • The Kennel Club for the generous donation of Crufts tickets
  • Pets at Home, Charlton for the donation for our Facebook auction
  • Karin at Twisted Threads for the donation of coats, ladies wear & accessories for our raffle, craft stall and other up and coming events
  • The Staff at The Ahoy Centre for their on-going encouragement, support & training advice
  • All our friends and family who are continuing to lend a hand in lots of different ways (even though some of them think we’re crazy!)

If we’ve not mentioned you here, rest assured you’ll be named in future posts, because the list of people to thank is far from finished. We’ve got some more exciting events planned between now & June, and have already secured some gorgeous goodies, generously donated from both local and national organisations. Watch this space for more, and if you are local, keep your eyes peeled for the chance to join us as some fun community events.

Finally, not only was the weekend a big one for fundraising, but Team Captain, Libby, had her first on-water rowing training session. Libby and friends are taking part in The Ahoy Centre’s Meridian Pull on Sunday 11 March. The rest of the Rebels Team will be eagerly cheering them on, while counting the days until we all start our water rowing training (first session’s booked for 29 April!).

Keep in touch with our training progress, how we’re going with fund-raising target, and to find out how you can get involved in future events, by checking in with this blog. Not donated yet? You can do so here.

Thanks for reading!

Rebels Without Paws

How? When? Why?

I find myself asking: how on earth did we get here? A cold and frosty rememberance Sunday in 2017 and 7 women and their 12 dogs are lined up for a team photo. Not just any team, I hasten to add: Team Rebels Without Paws.

The answer to the question of ‘how’, is an interesting one. It’s fair to say it just sort of ‘happened’. Or rather, Libby (team captain) made it happen. Kallie, the only one in our team with any sort of rowing pedigree, had taken part in the Ahoy Centre’s Meridian Pull (an 8.5 mile row on the River Thames) over the summer. I have to admit to being quite envious. I get a thing about rowing every 4 years when Team GB smash it at the Olympics. But until a chance conversation with Libby one morning about how I really fancied doing what Kallie was doing, getting in to a boat had never been more than a daydream.

I should have known better than to admit my dream about taking on a rowing challenge to Libby. Last time we had one of these conversations, we ended up in a Half Iron Man relay. It can only be said that Libby is like the proverbial dog with a bone when an idea takes hold, so after the seed was planted, off she went to do some research. Next thing I know, we aren’t talking about a row up the Thames, Libby’s got us all but signed up to row the Channel. Now it’s important to say here that Libby has a strong connection with the English Channel. She swam it in summer this year. There are no words for how brave we all think she is for doing that; it’s an incredible achievement and I have to admit, Libby’s enthusiasm is infectous.

And so it came to be. Libby set her mind to it; we were going to row the Channel. When? In June 2018. So off she went on a one-woman recruitment drive to find her team. With a little trepidation for some of us, the team was confirmed, and that’s how we came to meet on Rememberance Sunday for our first team photo shoot. Please meet Team Rebels without Paws:

Libby, Team Captain
Caroline
Jane
Kallie
Kate
Michelle
Rosie

Coxswain: to be named

The ‘why’ we’re doing it will be told through our personal stories that we’ll share as part of this blog. Ultimately, though, why wouldn’t we do something to raise money for the amazing Ahoy Centre and the wonderful work that they do to help disadvantaged young and disabled people?

You can show your support for Team Rebels by donating or sending a virtual cheer by leaving your comments, tips or pearls of wisdom in the blog comments. Thanks for reading! Michelle