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New Year’s dip kicks off marathon fundraising campaign

4 January 2016

A group of friends from St Austell and Fowey have launched a marathon fundraising campaign for Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund in 2016 – kicking off with a New Year’s Day dip in the sea at Pentewan Beach with friends and family.

The 11-strong team, who have called themselves Row Cornwall, hope to raise £10,000 for PCRF and are building up to a 200 mile challenge in August, when they will take eight days to row along the Cornwall coast. 

Brr! In they go!

Will Hancock, who is organising the fundraising along with his wife, Tressa, says: “All the crew have really thrown themselves into getting fit for the Row Cornwall challenge. None of us are rowers so this is a learning curve from the start. We are a determined, dedicated group of friends and ready to start training."  

"The weather was vile, but we raised £1,000 towards our target, which is a great start!" said Tressa.

Row Cornwall team before their dip

Other fundraising events being organised over the next few months will include a charity auction and an Easter Fun Day at Lankelly Rugby Club. Local businesses have also pitched in to support their efforts, including sponsorship from the Cornish agricultural company, Maen Karne , SWBG Centre, Hazeydaze Photography, Motive8me and Sharps Brewery. 

Maggie Blanks, Founder of Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund, said: ““Brrrr! A New Year dip fundraiser is definitely a first for the charity – what a way to kick off a campaign! Many thanks to Will, Tressa and all who braved the water - and to those who cheered them on from the beach. The money raised will be put to great use in funding cutting edge research into new treatments for pancreatic cancer to help save lives.”

To support Row Cornwall, you can donate £5 by texting Crew83 £5 to 70070, or visit the Just Giving page at

More information about the challenge can be found at:

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