In addition to the demands of completing Devizes Westminster many entrants add the challenge of raising funds for charity when taking part. Two incredible achievements in one.
We are very keen to support this and the Pfeiffer Cup is awarded annually to the boat that raises most for charity. If you're fund raising, drop us an email and let us know your details.
For those crews that would like to support a charity and have not yet made a choice we'd like to suggest our official charity – the Hypermobility Syndromes Association.
HMSA is a charity offering practical support and accredited health and care information to people who have a hypermobility syndrome, or who are involved in the care of someone with any of the hypermobility syndromes, including Joint Hypermobility Syndrome, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (all sub-types), Marfan syndrome, Sticklers and Osteogenesis Imperfecta.
Why did we choose the HMSA?
The HMSA has a great significance to the DW family as Beth Dains, the middle daughter of Ron Dains – he of the pink hat in the steps crew – has EDS. In just three years Beth has gone from being an aspirational DW paddlers to being wheelchair bound, including a rushed trip away from Westminster at last year's race as her spine and ribs moved, despite being in a wheelchair. It's a challenging and heart-breaking time for the Dains family, who would like to raise awareness of HMSA and, if possible, raise funds for their work.
So if you're looking for a charity to support, please consider supporting the HMSA.
We've worked with several charities previously including Cancer Research UK, Marie Curie and the Royal British Legion, the K&A Trust in 2015. We hope you’ll consider raising funds for the HMSA in 2016.
Guys & St Thomas' Charity – Westminster.
There will, as always, be the collection for Guys & St Thomas' Charity at Westminster in recognition and thanks from the Westminster Village for the support they and the race receive from Guys & St Thomas'. Many thanks for your support and good luck to everyone for DW2015.