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Rowers raise £500 for Shirley Poppy Appeal

Sarah Mason 21st Nov, 2017

A TEAM of fitness fanatics raised £500 when they rowed from Dunkirk to Dover as part of this year’s Shirley Poppy Appeal.

Members from Shirley Royal British Legion took it in turns on Armistice Day (November 11) to hop on a static rowing machine at Asda in Parkgate and row the 77km – the distance from Dunkirk to Dover – to commemorate 77 years since the evacuation during World War Two.

Danny Wilson said: “The event was a very difficult challenge for all of us who took part. It was great fun too.

“On behalf of Shirley Branch Royal British Legion we would like to thank the generous people of Shirley who donated to this very worthy cause.”

Over the years Danny and the committee at Shirley Royal British Legion have set themselves challenges to launch the Poppy Appeal in Shirley.

Last year Danny and a team set up camp outside of Asda in Parkgate and pedaled 320 miles on static bikes – the distance from Shirley to The Somme to mark the centenary anniversary of the battle in World War One.

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