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100km row-a-thon success for Scunthorpe Samaritans

Above (L-R): Emma Mundey, Emma Latimer and Samantha Helmick kickstart the event

Colleagues at NHS North Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group powered through the pain barrier – all in the name of charity.

Staff at the Brigg-based organisation impressively rowed 100 kilometres between 9am and 5pm on September 6 and raised £175 for Scunthorpe Samaritans in the process.

The event was organised by Emma Mundey, head of contract management, and Samantha Helmick, assistant commissioning officer.

“It was a fantastic effort for a fantastic cause,” said Ms Helmick. “This was about everyone feeling like they had the opportunity to contribute to the cause and they did just that. Some had never used a rowing machine before but we kept it moving for the full working day.”

She added: “We did go a little over 5pm to reach the target in the end – but that makes it more special. The fact so many colleagues, of all levels, got involved and contributed in the way they did and then put in some extra effort right at the end was great.”

The row-a-thon was kicked off by the organisation’s chief officer, Emma Latimer, at 9am. Thereafter members of staff, who had been given their own 10-minute slots, hit the rower and pushed the team to its 100-kilometre target.

“I’m really proud of the team,” said Ms Latimer. “It didn’t matter whether you were a strong rower or that it was your first time, the important thing was seeing so many different levels of ability take part to get the job done. And in the process we have shone the light on Scunthorpe Samaritans, who do a great job, and raised funds for them.

“I’d like to thank everyone who took part.” 

For further information, please contact Communications Manager Amy Byard at amy.byard@nhs.net or call 01652 215047.

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