Charity win for women’s lightweight rowing team

Oxford’s Women’s Lightweight Rowing Team have successfully raised over £1,400 for charity this week.

Using rowing machines, they rowed an equivalent of the distance between Oxford and Cambridge outside the Westgate Centre on Monday.

The money will be split between the local children’s hospice Helen and Douglas House, which cares for terminally ill children and young people, and the team’s own funds. The total distance rowed was 65.9 miles.

Theresa Wildegger, a PhD student in experimental psychology at St John’s College, told the Oxford Mail that the group wanted to make their fundraising local.

“We feel strongly about Oxford even though we come from all over. I am from Germany. I thought the hospice looked amazing when I visited — I was really impressed with what they do.”

Wildegger, who is also the club’s Fundraising Officer, added: “When we are there in person you can see how much work they do and how many people are working behind the scenes.”