Hampshire workers row around the Isle of Wight to raise funds for disabled Otterbourne girl (From Hampshire Chronicle)
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Hampshire workers row around the Isle of Wight to raise funds for disabled Otterbourne girl
4:48pm Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in News
AN OTTERBOURNE man and twenty of his colleagues have rowed around the Isle of Wight to raise much-needed funds for his disabled daughter.
Andrew Syvret, of Norlands Drive, vowed to row the island, after the channel route was embargoed by French authorities, to raise enough money for spine surgery for five-year-old Jemima.
The accountant and fellow businessmen from Winchester, Chandler’s Ford and Southampton, rowed the Isle following three months of arduous physical training, all in an effort to give Jemima a life-changing operation.
She was born with quadriplegia-a type of cerebral palsy.
The surgery involves severing nerves in the base of Jemima’s spine that send incorrect messages to her legs.
Surgeons hope only “correct nerves” will remain and, with intense physiotherapy, Jemima might be able to eventually walk unaided.
This mammoth feat was just one of many fundraising expeditions that the family has undertaken that has also seen mum, Jo, sell bracelets and brother, Oli, organise a mini-triathlon with school chums.
With help from Langstone Rowing Club, who supported John Bishop in his row across the channel last year for Comic Relief, the sponsored row has so far raised over £40,000-a huge step towards their target of £90,000.
Jemima’s story has sparked a great deal of interest including the Barker-Mill Foundation, who handed over £10,000 after reading about her cause in the Chronicle, as well as the Southampton Sea Scouts, who lent equipment for training to the group.
Mr Syvret, who rowed approximately sixty miles with his accomplices, said: “Having spent all my working life working in finance in the South there is a very strong representation of accountants, lawyers and bankers. They and their families have been generous in the donation of their time and resources to help Jemima.”
“I woke up this morning and felt I could not move. I ached so much but a cuddle with my beautiful daughter soon made me realise how worthwhile it all was!”
The gigs were launched from Camber Dock at 7.30am yesterday morning (September 30), arrived at the Needles on the north side of the island at lunchtime, and later returned to the docks at 8pm.
The team suffered blisters and exhaustion but all completed the challenge in 12.5 hours.
Mum, Jo, said: “I'm incredibly proud of my husband and all the team who have completed an amazing challenge for Jemima. It has been a pretty emotional day for me, realising just how much work they all put in to raise funds for Jemima's Journey.
“Andrew and I never imagined that having Jemima would bring us such positive life experiences. We feel very grateful and honoured that 20 people have taken the time out of their busy lives to help her have a better life.”
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