Kirsty and friends give something back

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KIRSTY Simpson and her friends believe in having fun when they raise money for charity but a sponsored row in Stratford on 27th October was different as she and her friends chose to raise money in memory of Kirsty’s mum who passed away from motor neurone disease (MND) in August.

Stratford Leisure Centre was the setting for the sponsored row which included ten close friends of Kirsty including a long distance rower called Tasha who completed the charity challenge on a rowing machine in her living room.

Kirsty, from Ettington, rowed the equivalent distance from Dover to Calais and back again – 42 miles – to raise over £3,000 for MND.

Her mum – Laraine Cox, aged 69 – was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in December. She had been a breast cancer nurse for 40 years and was herself diagnosed with grade 2 breast cancer in 2011.

Laraine was very keen that charity money should be raised for vital research into various diseases like cancer and MND, so Kirsty and the Oxhill Rowers – as they call themselves – set about their task with gritted determination and with support from Stratford Leisure Centre general manager Nick Stowey who provided the rowing equipment.

“We’ve completed a number of charity events including The Mighty Hike along The Cotswold Way which was 26 miles, The Ride by Night in Windsor for women with cancer and next year we’re going to take on The Jurassic Coastline for MND. This has been something very personal to me and we do is because we want to give something back for all the help we’ve received,” said Kirsty.