So who has signed the Charity Oars so far …?

Just had a great question from a follower of @charityoars and it was this:

“Who has signed the Charity Oars so far?” In an ideal world we would have all the images on our web-site, alas we’re still waiting for the site to be completed. We were (are) a CSR project, but we still remain optimistic that soon under the “Gallery” tag will be all those wonderful people who have signed. But for now here’s a list …

Dame Tanni Grey Thompson @Tanni_GT   Clare Balding @clarebalding   Fern Britton @Fern_Britton   Boris Johnson @MayorofLondon    Stephen Merchant @StephenMerchant   Steve Coogan    Billy Connolly   Allan Lamb @AllanLamb294  Dean Headley @deanheadley585   Simon Jones @si610   Martin Bayfield  @MartinBayfield  Austin Healey  @IamAustinHealey   Craig Doyle  Dr Dawn harper @DrDawnHarper   Dr James Logan  @Dr_JamesLogan  Zoe Lee @Zoe_S_Lee   Helen Glover @Helenglovergb   Jonny Walton  @JflWalton   Andrew Triggs Hodge  @andrewthodge   George Nash  @gorgnash   Will Satch  @WilliamSatch    James Pritchard  @JPritchard_21   Brenda Burke  @Pikey128   Harry Peck   Sacha HArding  @PTSachaHarding  Jeremy Sallis @jeremysallis

Who we’re planning to meet in 2015:

Jordanne Whiley @jordannejoyce92   Hannah Cockroft  @HCDream2012   Matthew Pinsent  @matthewcpinsent   Angela Rippon   Serena Williams @serenawilliams

Who would you like to see sign the Charity Oars? The campaign is solely about raising awareness of Thrombosis (DVT’s and Pulmonary Embolisms) every penny, and I quite literally mean “EVERY PENNY” will be donated to Lifeblood (the thrombosis charity


)Simon JonesSteve Coogan July 2014Fern Britton 2Andrew Triggs Hodge MBE 03Helen Glover 02Austin HealeyCraig Doyle 2Dr Dawn Harper Oct 2014Dr James LoganJeremy Sallis BBC CambsMartin BayfieldStephen MerchantTanni Grey Thompson smallIMG_2967Jonny Wilson 01moiBoris Johnson October 2014Steve Coogan. The auction will take place on World Thrombosis Day 2015 (13th October 2015) would you like to be involved?


5 Grand Slams & now the Charity Oars in sight..! @jordannejoyce92

On the 23rd March 2011 I injured my knee playing tennis, the injury culminated in the events of the 12th April 2011. I loved playing sport, the competitiveness, the focus, the drive to be better. These feelings from a rather dodgy old cricketer and someone who returned to playing competitive tennis after a 20(ish) year break. I loved it though. Sadly my sporting endeavours now are limited and have to pass the “Lovely Ellisa” test. To me It’s “New Opportunity Could Help And Not Cause Embolism” However, when I suggested a return to the courts the lovely Elissa pointed out it actually says “NO CHANCE” She’s good…!

Well, we’ve recently been tweeting with Jordanne Whiley, and as I look at the amazing things she has accomplished so far in her sporting career, it gives me the drive and determination to make the Charity Oars really up there game. It’s hard to say where motivation comes from or what it is that can motivate an individual, but to see and listen to the journey Jordanne has taken is a testament to her, her family, her friends, the LTA and her supporters. With 5, yes “FIVE” Grand Slams to her name (so far), no doubt with more to come in the future (no pressure Jordanne..! lol) it inspires me to keep pushing and to keep the drive of the Charity Oars going.

So, 5 Grand Slams, the heights people have to reach to be asked to sign the Charity Oars …!

The Charity Oars are about raising awareness of Thrombosis (DVT’s Pulmonary Embolism) and with the very kind support of Jordanne and her team, we will continue raising awareness. So a huge Charity oars thank you to Jordanne Whiley. We look forward to meeting up at some point and having you sign the Charity Oars and you can add another triumphant success to your (already) rather amazing list of titles…!

To find out more about Jordanne have a look at her web-site here, or have a look at these amazing recordings BBC Sport and Jordanne Whiley

@AdrianDewey your mission if you decide to accept it …!

With the signature tune of Mission Impossible playing away in the background ……!!

We headed up the A1 to Peterborough, for a secretive rendezvous with the rather talented, jovial and absolute decent chap that is Adrian Dewey… yes, the Charity Oars (and Charity Cricket Bats) were about to be “snapped” and made to look even more glamorous. The trickiest part of the adventure was taking the hood of the car down to get the Charity Oars into the car. It’s fair to say there were a few looks of intrigue as the hood slowly folded away, even the rather hardy (out in all weathers) postman stopped and questioned my actions. Suffice to say, once the Charity Oars were safely within the car, the hood and heater went on..!!

As we headed into the studio at Studio 12 (@Studio12Orton) we passed some amazing images of models, families, architecture, weddings, and now it was time for “four pieces of wood”..!! One promising sign was the fact that no make up was needed, the Charity Oars and Charity Bats have a “natural beauty” that shines through.

Lights shone, camera’s clicked, lights were moved, flashes going off, Charity Oars put in different positions, the whole experience was amazing to be part of.

So can 2 wooden oars and 2 cricket bats be photographed to look more than just functional pieces of wood? Well, if you have someone like Adrian behind the lens, then yes you can.  To see the names of Clare Balding, Fern Britton, Steve Coogan, Stephen Merchant, Simon Jones, Boris Johnson, Martin Bayfield, Helen Glover and all the others, shining out from the Charity Oars and Charity Cricket bats is a wonderful result. The Oars and bats look alive, we have a couple of photos through already, tell us what you think….!

So a huge thank you to Adrian and Studio12 for giving us the opportunity to see the Charity Oars and Charity Bats come alive ….!!