Marathon Row on Behalf of Children’s Charity Chicks

During the 2013 London marathon, Lt Col Steve Hussey RM took on the mammoth challenge of rowing a marathon on an indoor rowing machine to raise money for South-West children’s charity CHICKS (Country Holidays for Inner City Kids).

CHICKS is a children’s charity that aims to provide life enhancing respite breaks to as many disadvantage children as possible at one of their retreats in Devon and Cornwall.

The children they support come from a variety of backgrounds – those living in poverty, children that are being neglected or abused, either mentally, physically or sexually, children who have lost parents or even children who are full time young carers.

Steve, who is currently serving as Dep Comd of CHF decided to take up the challenge after returning from a six month deployment in Afghanistan. Steve said, “In 2011 I took annual leave to spend a week as a volunteer on a camp and was humbled by the experience. I have personally witnessed the tremendous work this charity is doing. Unfortunately this year I could not spare the time to volunteer at a camp so I decided that I would try and raise some money instead by rowing the 42,195 metres (marathon distance) at the same time as the London Marathon on 21st April.”

Steve went on to say, “My aim was to complete a ‘best effort’ row and to achieve the distance in under three hours. I also wanted to gain enough sponsorship to fund a single child on a one week camp, which meant raising £735. In training for this event I rowed over 1,345,000 metres which is roughly the equivalent distance from John O’Groats to Land’s End (if it could be rowed!). On the day, I exceeded my targets on both counts by finishing in 2 hours 47 minutes and 11 seconds and raising just under £1,400, for which the Charity were delighted.”

Donations can still be made at or text CHIC85 with an amount in GBP to 70070.”

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