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Police versus Gurkhas in charity rowing challenge

Tuesday 6th October 2015

Kent Police will battle soldiers from the Queen’s Gurkha Engineers in a static rowing challenge to raise money for charity.

The officers, based at Maidstone police station, will be off-duty and are giving up their free time for the event in Jubilee Square, Maidstone, from noon to 2.30pm on Friday, October 9.

Money will be raised for two causes – the Gurkha Welfare Trust’s Nepalese earthquake response fund and local charity More Than Words.

Sergeant Tristan Stevens, of Kent Police, said: “We were all deeply saddened by the earthquakes in Nepal, which left almost 9,000 people dead and a further 22,000 injured.

“The static rowing challenge is our way of doing something to help the survivors and we would like as many people as possible to turn up on the day and support this worthy cause.

“We’re also pleased to be supporting More Than Words, a charity run by PC Paul Hughes to help the families of children with communication difficulties.

“Gurkha soldiers are well-known for their fighting spirit so it will be a keenly contested challenge and we are well up for the challenge.”

Both Kent Police and the Gurkhas will be represented by two teams each, with eight members per team. The competition will consist of four stages, with individual races of 500m, 1,000m and 2,000m, and an Everest rowing challenge of 17,696m.

The winning team will be presented with a trophy by the Mayor of Maidstone Cllr Daniel Moriarty.