Albion head coach set to row across Channel
TONY Pulis will join a crew of celebrities and charity rowers for a gruelling 450-nautical mile open-water charity row from Tower Bridge, London, to the Eiffel Tower, Paris.
The Tower To Tower Rowing Challenge will see a team of 24 rowers tackle the tidal effects of the River Thames, followed by a 36-hour Channel crossing to the mouth of the River Seine and a further 200-mile row against the tides to Paris.
Branded the "Everest of open-water rowing", the epic journey will take six days and six nights, weather and tides permitting, and will run from May 25 until June 1, 2015.
Tony and the team are using this event to raise awareness of the challenges faced by children with shortened life expectancy and their families including severe sleep deprivation. Many children with life threatening conditions require round-the-clock care and sleep can become a challenge for the parents and carers who look after them.
Tony said: "This a small Hospice that became close to my heart from my time at Stoke.
"They struggle to raise enough money to keep the hospice open, day in day out.
"It's such a humbling place. I took the players there when I was with Stoke and it really does make you realise how lucky you are.
"I've always said yes to the challenge and perhaps I've bitten off more than I can handle this time!
"To row the Channel is something else - I didn't mind cycling from John O'Groats to Land's End or doing a marathon, or even climbing Kilimanjaro but this is a new one.
"And yet you see some of the cards those children have been dealt with...you couldn't possibly refuse to do something like if it can help them. The most important thing is to raise money for the Hospice."
The Donna Louise Children's Hospice provides a vital helping hand in the form of respite stays so that families can get the rest they desperately need, safe in the knowledge that their child is well cared for.
Tower To Tower aims to raise funds to support the work of two Children's Nurses at the Hospice who can provide specialist care and support to life threatened children and their families and ensure they get the vital respite care they need.
During this challenge, the team will be facing severe fatigue and sleep deprivation in an attempt to raise awareness of how hard it is to function physically, emotionally and psychologically on limited sleep.