The end of an era or the beginning of the next phase or maybe both…!

The Charity Oars have found there forever home….! Just before Christmas we were warmly welcomed at Althorp House, the home of Earl Spencer to celebrate the professional cricketing career of Steven ‘Crooky’ Crook during his testimonial year.

Yes, the time had arrived, the Charity Oars were to be auctioned off. As a thank you to Crooky for giving us the opportunity to muscle our way into his event, we warmly made the offer to donate half of the successful bid to the charities that he was personally supporting. The PCA and Runs4Funds.

As soon as we know the full sums that were raised on the evening we will let everyone know. For the past 5 years, yes 5 years…! We’ve had the pleasure of meeting some truly inspirational people along the way. The awareness that two 8′ wooden oars have raised has quite literally saved lives. I still recall the first email we received;

Our family wanted to just say thank you from the bottom of our hearts. My husband has been following the Charity Oars on Twitter, he became tired and had pain and swelling in his leg, he went to the local A&E department and was then swiftly admitted. He was suffering from a Pulmonary Embolism, after an injury at work 2 weeks previously. Martin is still with us, still a father, still a husband and brother. Thank you seems like a small thing to say, but thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”

Awareness and Prevention saves lives …..!

What now?

As the Charity Oars travelled the UK, as awareness was raised, as the media started talking about this 6′ chap who was seen with 2 wooden oars talking to Dara O’Briain, Steve Coogan, Stephen Merchant, Matt Lucas, Joe Root, Jos Buttler, James Phelps, Oliver Phelps and HRH Princess Anne (to name drop a few of the amazing people we met along the way). We had the opportunity of meeting some of the medical professions leading Thrombotic and Respiratory clinicians. One of whom, Professor Richard Beasley of the MRINZ was so impressed with the awareness and results that we’d created that he approached us with an idea.

Now, after 12 months of planning, research and development, in March 2019 we officially launch RBR active Limited. It’s the start of an exciting journey into the manufacturing and marketing of a truly unique product that significantly increases blood flow to the lower limbs, this results in the significant reduction of a DVT being developed for sedentary people.

So for the last time, I send a hearty “Thank You” to

Joe Root, Devon Malcolm, Paul Grayson, Oliver Phelps, Ellie Robinson, Derek Redmund, Liam Plunkett, Gary Balance, Jonny Bairstow, Miles Jupp, Jack Russell, James Taylor, Dean Headley, Tanni Grey Thompson, Steve Coogan, Jonny Walton, Jeremy Sallis, Martin Bayfield, Austin Healey, Craig Doyle, Zoe Lee, Helen Glover, Ian Stone, Gordon Greenidge, James Phelps, David Murphy, Steven Crook, Saif Zaib, Rory Kleinveldt, Stephen Merchant, Simon Jones, Ben Duckett, Ed Stanton, Laura Bingham, Billy Connolly, Charlie Martell, Paul Young, Rob Newton, Alex Wakely, Graeme White, David Willey, Maurice Chambers, Kyle Coetzer, Muhammad Azharullah, Richard Levi, Rob Keogh, Ben Brown, Alec Stewart, Allen Lamb, Ashley Giles, Alex Best, Jade Jones, Callum Hall, Hannah Cockroft, Jordanne Whiley, Will Satch, Andrew Triggs Hodge, Dara O’Briain, Nick Robinson, Jos Buttler, Charles Spencer, Martin Corry, Ben Morgan, Sacha Harding, James Pritchard, Harry Peck, Brendan Burke, George Nash, Professor James Logan, Doctor Dawn Harper, Fern Britton, Boris johnson, Kumar Sangakkara, Matt Lucas, Michael Atherton, Jason Gillespi, Naseer Hussain, Rob Keys, Geraint Jones, Jennifer Stoute, John Regis, Wojciech Szczesny, Gyles Brandreth, Mathew Pinsent and Clare Balding.