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Gullands staff support Dandelion Time

18.12.2014

Gullands is proud to have been one of the main corporate sponsors of Kent’s biggest charity indoor rowing event The Dandelion Time Rowathon: Marden to Monte Carlo.

The Rowathon was organised by Maidstone charity Dandelion Time who support children that have been affected by harsh personal circumstances.  The charity works with the children and their families to overcome past difficulties and re-build their confidence and self-esteem to build a
better future.

Beginning on Friday 10th October, rowers gathered at the NMA Physical Training in Marden to collectively row (on machines) for a combined total of 3 days and 2 nights, non-stop, covering nearly 1,000 miles – the equivalent distance from Marden to Monte Carlo.

Gullands were delighted to sponsor the family timed challenge, which was fiercely contested by the Dickinson, Kinnersley and Jessel families.  Gullands also entered their own team into the team challenge and successfully raised an additional £200 for Dandelion Time.  Alan Williams, Barrie Jones, Marta Konieczna, Rina Pattar, Ben Gallafant and Paul Wilkins, rowed a combined 11,000 meters in 50 minutes and having completed the challenge were in the heady position of second on the leader board for a brief time.

Alan Williams, partner and head of residential conveyancing at Gullands, said: “The rowathon created a unique atmosphere and over the whole of the weekend there was a real buzz of rowing going on through the daytime and on the Saturday night/Sunday morning until about 1:30am.  Dandelion Time achieved its target with Monte Carlo being reached at 3:45pm on the Sunday, with Helen Grant MP and Minster for Sport being one of the rowers crossing the finishing line.”

Caroline Williams, at Dandelion Time said: “We would like to thank Gullands Solicitors for generously sponsoring the family timed challenge.  Overall we raised an impressive £13,000 with around 500 rowers taking part over the weekend.  The funds raised from the rowathon will enable us to help young people improve their self-esteem and confidence and to build stronger family bonds in order to bring sustainable change to their lives.”

If you would like more information please visit www.dandeliontime.org.uk. Donations can still be made via Dandelion Time’s Just Giving page at
www.justgiving.com/dandeliontimerowathon.  To watch the video visit http://youtu.be/4T4wMhZbB9Y.

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