Rowers aim to be home and dry in comfort funds cash voyage

Robson rowers (from left): Adam Robson, Mick Waldie, Ryan Hogg and Paul Robson
Robson rowers (from left): Adam Robson, Mick Waldie, Ryan Hogg and Paul Robson

A HARDY Teri quartet are ready to row, row, row their boat – all the way to Berwick.

Staff members from Robson Joiners and Funeral Directors in Garfield Street have bought themselves a dinghy and are preparing to try out their sea legs on an epic charity voyage on July 6.

Adam and Paul Robson will be joined by Ryan Hogg and Mick Waldie (with Ross Walsh on stand-by) in the four-man vessel, which will depart from the Common Haugh destined for the mouth of the River Tweed.

Paul told the Hawick News: “To be honest it was an idea that was suggested after a few beers with Ryan. We spoke about it in the Melgund one Friday afternoon after work.

“We went to work the next day and instead of it just being one of those ideas that never comes to anything we decided it would be a laugh and to give it a go.”

And so a four-man Waveline 260 Eco Dinghy, measuring 3m by 1.7m and capable of holding 480kg, was purchased as well as wet suits and life jackets.

However, they have already been out testing the equipment, and experienced a few early teething troubles.

“We were out last weekend and there were some issues,” explained Paul. “We’ve had to make a few changes to the boat because it wasn’t hard-wearing enough so we’ve added some PVC to make it a bit stronger.”

But they are undeterred by the early minor setback.

Paul added: “Everybody is really up for it and it was a great laugh last Friday. We know it’s going to be quite a journey and I think it’s going to be something like 60 miles in total, but we’re all upbeat about it.

“Hopefully we’ll make it in one piece and won’t sail too far.”

The adventurous group are raising money to boost the comfort funds of old folks’ homes in the town and are hoping to raise more than £1,000.

Paul said: “Every home has its own individual comfort fund. Normally the only way they can get funding is through friends of the comfort fund or donations from retiring collections or when people die.

“We’re planning to give something back outwith that.”

Sponsor forms have been circulating over the past week and an amazing £400 has already been raised. It is also planned to sell the dinghy and all the equipment at the end of the challenge, with all moneys split between the various comfort funds. There will also be a competition to guess how long the crew take for their mission.

Sponsor forms are available from the office at Robson’s as well as Libby’s Pet Shop, Hoops a Daisy and Envy Hair.