VIDEO: Stephen's big challenge raises £4000 for Children's Hospital
Published: 6 Aug 2012 16:000 comments
FERMANAGH man Stephen Ingram has raised £4000 for the MRI Scanner Appeal in the Children's Hospital by rowing all the way around Lough Erne.
Stephen, a volunteer with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), spent months preparing for his big challenge, which finally took place at the weekend.
Setting off at the Share Holiday Village in Lisnaskea on Saturday morning Stephen rowed all the way to Kesh, changing crew at Carrybridge, Killyhevlin Hotel, Round O, Dead Man's Lane, Lough Erne Yacht Club, Rossigh and Castle Archdale.
He arrived in Kesh nearly 12 hours later where there was a crowd gathered and boats sounding their horns.
"The weather was kind to us until we got to Castle Archdale when we were met with rain, hail and thunder. The only other problem we hit was wind around the Killyhevlin area," he said.
Stephen says he is very appreciative of all the help and support shown to him for his challenge.
"I have great connections in the lake and fellow crew helped out with the loan of the boat (Aidey Quigley) and our safety boat (Archie Hamilton). Special thanks goes to everyone who rowed, Aidey for the boat, Archie for safety cover, Valley Graphics for signs, Loane's Costcutter for drinks, hashtagtees NI who supplied all the t-shirts and everyone who has donated so far," he said.
You can still donate at Virgin Money Giving, by visiting uk.virginmoneygiving.com/row4caitlintilly.
Watch Stephen rowing across Lough Erne in this short video below.