Estate agent Strutt & Parker takes on 140-mile rowing challenge in support of Mind and Friends of Pangbourne Primary School

A man from Pangbourne is currently rowing 140 miles on the River Thames to raise money for a local parent-teacher association and mental health charity.

Tom Waltham, an estate agent who works at Strutt & Parker, started his challenge in Lechlade-on-Thames in the Cotswolds on Monday and will end it tomorrow (Friday) at Tower Bridge in London.

Mr Waltham passed through Pangbourne on Tuesday evening, where he was greeted with cheers and support from friends and colleagues, as well as pupils and staff at Pangbourne Primary School.

Mr Waltham prepares for the 140 mile challenge

He has currently raised £1,451 for Friends of Pangbourne Primary School (FOPPS) and Mind.

He said: “It has been an incredibly difficult year for so many people.

Mr Walhtam with supporters in Pangbourne on Tuesday
Mr Walhtam with supporters in Pangbourne on Tuesday

“With the ongoing pandemic, the cost of living rising at such a rapid rate and the current crisis in Ukraine, it is likely that even more people will struggle to stay positive.

“Supporting Mind, a charity that aims to provide help and support to anyone with a mental health issue, seems fitting.

Mr. Waltham leaving Wednesday morning
Mr. Waltham leaving Wednesday morning

“We also chose to support FOPPS because Strutt & Parker Pangbourne have worked closely with them for about a year now.

“It is important that every child has the best possible start and FOPPS is working hard to ensure that Pangbourne Primary School can provide this for its pupils.”



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