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Oarsome effort by charity CEO fundraisers

Oarsome effort by charity CEO fundraisers

Three charity CEOs going by the name of ‘The Three Tenners’ have finished their gruelling challenge of each completing 10 Olympic and Paralympic in 10 months, so far raising over £17,000 for improved services for blind and partially-sighted people. The kicked off on January 1st this year with a 12k run up Box Hill. The last event, sculling, took place last week (November 2nd) at the London Regatta Centre at Royal Albert Dock.

David Scott-Ralphs, SeeAbility CEO joined Peter Corbett, CEO of Thomas Pocklington Trust and Mike Brace, who is himself blind and recently-retired CEO of Vision 2020UK, to prepare for each of their 10 events (5 individual and 5 team) with an intensive training programme.
The preparation for last Friday’s rowing was held in a simulated rowing tank – the only one in Europe – where the intrepid fundraisers could learn the basic techniques of sculling before getting into a boat together and trying to do it in synch.
Paralympic coach Simon Goodey, an expert in adaptive rowing, put the ‘Three Tenners’ through their paces until they were ready to complete the event on the 2,000 metre course.
As well as sculling, other events have included Boccia, Goalball, the London Marathon, London Triathlon, boxing, windsurfing, tandem cycling, judo, fencing and sailing.
David Scott-Ralphs comments, “It’s been a tremendous experience preparing for every event and we have been able to get a sense of the long arduous hours both Olympic and Paralympic athletes endure to reach their level of performance. But our overriding sentiment is one of humility, especially when we consider how many fantastic volunteers there are who, week in, week out, give up their time to make it possible for people of all shapes, sizes and disabilities to take part in sport and competition. We’re hoping that everyone can boost our fundraising efforts so that we can reach our target of £30,000. All the money is going directly to improve services for blind and partially sighted people, including getting them more involved in their communities through sport and other leisure activities.”
If you wish to donate, please visit or call SeeAbility on 01372 755 000 for more information.
Notes to editors
  • SeeAbility is the operating name for The Royal School for the Blind, a national charity which has for over 200 years provided support for people who are blind or partially sighted and have additional disabilities. They currently operate a range of services in Bristol, Devon, East Sussex, Hampshire, Humberside, Kent, London, Sheffield, Somerset, Surrey and West Sussex.
  • SeeAbility offers a wide range of specialised residential, community and rehabilitation services for people with a visual impairment and additional disabilities. They aim to provide each individual with the support they need to develop essential life skills for greater independence and a fulfilling life.
  • SeeAbility's eye 2 eye Campaign is improving eye care and vision for people with a learning disability through access to information, specially adapted sight tests and low vision support.
  • SeeAbility provides a comprehensive range of information and advice on eye care and vision for people with learning disabilities and eye care professionals visit
  • SeeAbility is a member of UK Vision Strategy and Eye Health Alliance which promote awareness of and the importance of regular accessible sight tests.
  • SeeAbility's Head Office is based in Epsom, Surrey. For further information call 01372 755000.


Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp.

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