Tata Chemicals staff rowed the equivalent length of the River Mersey as they carried out a charity Rowathon to raise money for St Luke’s.

Over 40 members of staff took on the challenge in Northwich Town Centre raising £620 in the process.

The rowing machines were donated by PureGym Northwich, and most of the volunteer rowers were staff from Tata Chemicals Europe and British Salt. St Luke’s Hospice employees also took turns in the rowing seats. 

With two people at a time rowing in 15-minute slots, the target was the 112-kilometre length of the River Mersey.

Rowing success

The rowers beat the target with a couple of hours to spare and ended up rowing about 200 kilometres, equivalent to the distance between Northwich and Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

The Tata Rowathon team

The Tata Rowathon team

Tata Chemicals Europe Communications Manager Richard Redman said: “I was thrilled to see how many people turned up in the bitter cold to help us raise money for St Luke’s Hospice. We had fun, got some exercise, and helped a fantastic local cause.

“There was a real party atmosphere as we had Christmas music playing; the tombola was also a great success – quite a few people walked away having won some useful last-minute stocking fillers, and of course, it’s always great to beat our target.”

Appreciation of partnership

Corporate partnerships manager Steven Cook said: “The Rowathon was a great success and our continued partnership with Tata is an asset to the hospice.”

Tata Chemicals Europe is set to raise more money for the hospice before the New Year, with an auction expected to raise a further three-figure sum.

Thank you to everyone who rowed and donated money to St Luke’s.