UHNM Charity in Oar of Iona's Fundraising

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A Stafford fundraiser has covered the distance of the English Channel on a rowing machine to raise funds for University Hospitals of North Midlands (UHNM) Charity.  

It took Iona Botfield four hours and fifteen minutes to row the 20.7 miles of the Dover Straight in aid of the hospital's charity.


Iona completed her row at Beacon Sports and Fitness Centre to raise funds for Stroke Services at UHNM.  

She said: “In August last year my Granddad sadly suffered a large stroke and passed away. During this awful time he received exceptional care from various departments at UHNM, and I wanted to raise money and awareness of the fantastic work that our local hospitals do for Stafford, Stoke-on-Trent and surrounding areas.”

“The row was harder than I thought. As well as the aching back and blisters on my hands, it was more the mental repetitiveness of it all, and had to take tablets to combat the motion sickness. The members of the fitness centre really helped along the way keeping me company and chatting to me.”

Iona completed the row as part of her ‘Twelve Challenges in Twelve Months’ for UHNM Charity, which has already seen her scale the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge and the world’s tallest abseil tower, ahead of the Derby triathlon and Stafford 10K during September, raising almost £900 so far.

Steve Rushton, UHNM Charity Manager added: “We’re all incredibly proud of Iona for her fundraising efforts, and have been following her challenges throughout the year. We have both an acute stroke ward and rehabilitation unit at UHNM, with every penny that Iona raises going to further improve patient care and experience on them.”

To donate to Iona’s appeal visit www.uhnmcharity.org.uk.

If you would like to fundraise for UHNM Charity visit www.uhnmcharity.org.uk for more information, or call 01782 676444 to speak to one of the UHNM Charity team.