Richard Crawford

The Orpheus Centre is an independent specialist college in Surrey. They focus on developing independence skills through performing and visual arts and make dramatic improvements to young disabled adults’ lives.
They believe that every young disabled person should have the same opportunities as their non-disabled peers and offer a personalised study programme focusing on building independence, communication and social interaction skills through the arts, supported housing and a personal care service.
Orpheus are fundraising to install an outdoor gym and a multi-use games area which is accessible to all. An outdoor gym could break down barriers to exercise, activate green spaces and be truly inclusive. Independent research proves that they reach inactive groups like their students; in addition, they promote environmental sustainability.
This is a one day challenge, rowing a traditional rowing skiff down a very scenic section of the Thames from Richmond to Walton and back again. The challenge is approx. 25kms each way. From Richmond we will pass by Twickenham and then on to Hampton Court Park before reaching halfway at Walton.
After lunch we head back onto the river for the row back to Richmond. There will also be a lock to navigate on the route as we make the transition from Non-Tidal to Tidal river!

Richard Crawford