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:

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


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:

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:

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