Lincoln charity rowers raise £2.5k for the homeless

Nine teams from Lincoln have raised over £2,500 for the homelessness charity Nomad Trust after taking part in a 35km indoor ‘rowathon’ – equal to a journey across the English Channel.

Money raised will go to The Nomad Trust’s Enterprise Fund, supporting homeless people to build their own enterprises and become independent.

The event at the Priory City of Lincoln Academy on Skellingthorpe Road saw around 70 people take part in the challenge with friends and family cheering them on.

The ‘Sills Girls’ team, from local solicitors Sills & Betteridge, managed to raise the most money – collecting over £800 for the trust.

Raising the first place trophy were the team from the Priory of Lincoln Academy who rowed the 35k challenge in 1 hour, 52 minutes and 15 seconds.

In second place, completing the challenge in 1 hour, 53 minutes and 47 seconds were the ‘Sills Boys’ from Sills and Betteridge.

The team from J Wilkins Ltd came third after scoring a time of 1 hour and 59 minutes.

Also taking part in the challenge were Fosseway School, Job The Dog, Duncan & Toplis (2 teams) and Nicholsons.

Brenda Shiels, Manager of Nomad Trust, said: “The money raised will go towards enhancing employability skills for Nomad Trust’s service users, and Nomad Trust is particularly grateful to Lincoln Minster Round Table, J Wilkins Ltd, Market Rasen Racecourse and Phil Crow for their generosity in covering the event costs, and to Priory City of Lincoln Academy and its Army Cadets for providing the venue and help in running the event.”