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Yorkshire Rows evening raises £2,615

Yorkshire Rows at YCR excerptAn evening with two of the Yorkshire Rows – the group of mums who broke the record for the oldest all-female crew to cross an ocean – has raised £2,615 for Yorkshire Cancer Research.
Organised by the charity’s Galtres Committee, the event featured a talk by Helen Butters and Frances Davies, who, along with Janette Benaddi and Niki Doeg, successfully completed the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge in February 2016.
A free prize draw was then held, with prizes including the Yorkshire Rows’ newly published book ‘Four Mums in a Boat’, a bottle of champagne, a hamper and an Easter egg.
In total, 145 guests attended the talk, which was followed by a book signing. 80 books provided by the White Rose bookshop were purchased. Unlimited wine, Yorkshire cheeses, biscuits, coffee and cakes were also served.
The Yorkshire Rows battled blisters, salt rash and sleep deprivation on their 3,000 nautical mile journey from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to English Harbour, Antigua, finishing in 67 days, five hours and two minutes. Following their presentation, Helen and Frances were presented with bouquets containing white ‘Yorkshire’ roses.
Yorkshire Rows at Yorkshire Cancer Research
Wendy Stirke, Chairman of the Galtres Committee, said: “Helen and Frances gave a very entertaining and illustrated talk. It was very inspirational and showed that it had as much to do with grit and determination as it did muscle power. It was nice that they stayed on afterwards, signing books and chatting with the guests. It became a lovely extended social evening.
“We’d like to thank Helen and Frances for giving their time free of charge and everybody who supported the event. A special mention must also go to the volunteers at The Galtres Centre in Easingwold, which is a great facility. The money raised will go towards improving the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer in Yorkshire.”
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Picture caption: 1. The book signing at the event organised by the Galtres Committee for Yorkshire Cancer Research. 2. Helen Butters and Frances Davies, who, along with Janette Benaddi and Niki Doeg, became the oldest all-female crew to cross an ocean when they successfully completed the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge in February 2016.

Notes to Editors

  • Harrogate-based Yorkshire Cancer Research was founded in 1925 and is the largest independent regional cancer charity in England (Registered Charity 516898). We are not part of a national charity.
  • We are committed to reducing the devastating impact of cancer on the lives of people living in Yorkshire.
  • Our mission is to work in partnership, fund research and support initiatives that will help people in Yorkshire avoid, survive and cope with cancer.
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  • Tel: 01423 877 228

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