Tom Bury of Bristol-based Rowe Veterinary Group to attempt feat with fellow rugby players from Old Bristolians rugby club, raising funds for CLIC Sargent.

A rugby-loving small animal vet is to row across the channel in an attempt to raise £20,000 for cancer charity CLIC Sargent.

Tom (back row, second left) with the six team members who will be accompanying him in his boat.Tom Bury, of the Rowe Veterinary Group in Bristol, is teaming up with seven others from his team – the Old Bristolians – to attempt the feat, adding more funds to the £150,000 already raised by the club as an official fund-raising group for the charity.

Mr Bury said: “The crossing is 26 miles through one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world, and apparently, more people have summited Mount Everest than completed the crossing – so no mean feat.”

Mr Bury also said that each team member, including himself, has embarked on a rigorous training regime to ensure everyone is up to the task at hand.

The Old Bristolians have raised money for CLIC since 2007, when Robbie Stuart, a club captain, was diagnosed with leukaemia. Up until his death in 2008, Mr Stuart worked to raise the profile of the charity and the club has continued his work.

Old Bristolians club captain Tristan Fowler said: “Armed with the realisation that each child being treated with chemotherapy can endure painful treatment, sometimes on a daily basis, for up to eight weeks, we began to realise just how lucky we are to be able to chose to participate in an event such as this, while at the same time raising the profile of and money for such a fantastic charity.”

Mr Bury and his team set off on the challenge in May. If you would like to sponsor the team, visit its donation page.

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