116 %
raised of £4,000 target
by 85 supporters
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Matt Preston

We rowed in the Great River Race 2007!

Fundraising for Kingston Mencap

116 %
raised of £4,000 target
by 85 supporters
  • Team members: Graham Forrester, Peter Hodges, Irfan Latif, Sarah Lewis, Rhiannon Markless, David Pepperell, Suzie Pepperell, Matt Preston, Wendy Preston, David Simms, Eileen Stuart-Clarke, Anna Troiano, Nicholas Underhill & Julien Vantyghem.
  • Event: The Great River Race, 08 Sep 2007

Kingston Mencap

Kingston Mencap is a small voluntary group who support adults and children with a learning disability and their families and carers living in the Kingston-upon-Thames area. We are a Registered Charity No. 210583 and we are affiliated to Royal Mencap. We run Seekers leisure club for adults aged 18+ and Xpression youth project for 12-18 year olds.

Charity Registration No. 210583


We survived and our boats came in at 3hrs 13 mins amd 3hrs 14 mins(our goal was 3 1/2 hours).  What a result and all the better thanks to the donations that are still arriving! 

Our 14-person team was made up of a Judge, Magistrates and Court Service lawyers from central and south-west London.   

What is the Great River Race?

After nineteen years, the Great River Race has firmly established itself as the London Marathon for rowing enthusiasts.  The race is open to any traditional-style boat powered by a minimum of four oars or paddles - sliding seats and out-riggers are not allowed.  Each year contestants compete over a 22 mile course along the River Thames from Richmond Island to Greenwich.  Every boat must be coxed and, in keeping with ancient tradition, carry a passenger.  With entries from 300 boats carrying over 2,000 competitors, The Great River Race has become the biggest and most prestigious event of its kind in Europe.

Who are we supporting?

Last year we raised over £3,000 for Xpression, a Kingston Mencap youth project that provides a safe, comfortable space where young people with a learning disability can meet friends, engage in a range of fun activities and gain life skills.  The club meets every week during term time and offers a wide choice of activities for young people aged 12 to 18, including cooking, football, bowling, swimming, paining, sculpting, live bands, dancing and drama and theatre trips. Thanks to our supporters in 2006, Xpression secured funding for a good part of the year's program of events.  With your generous help, we would like to donate enough money to provide for even more activities in 2008!

Thank you very much for your wonderful generosity and for anyone who would still like to support our cause, there is a little time left if you wish to send a donation!

Donating through this site is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to sponsor us: Kingston Mencap will receive your money faster and, if you are a taxpayer, an extra 28% in tax will be added to your gift at no cost to you. 

Best wishes from all of the team!

Bench Blisters


  • We did it in under 3hrs 14mins!