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Queen Mary’s Row for Amy

 Queen Mary’s School, between Ripon and Thirsk, took on a charity House Row Challenge to support the Row for Amy appeal for former pupil, Amy Osborne, in aid of CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) to find out which House could row the furthest across the Atlantic.

Amy Osborne was a pupil at Queen Mary’s who sadly died in her sleep from an undiagnosed heart condition aged only 25. Queen Mary’s took on this challenge in support of her father, Andrew Osborne, who has just finished his mammoth challenge to row 3,000 miles solo across the Atlantic Ocean to raise funds in memory of his daughter.

Fewer people have successfully rowed the Atlantic than have climbed Everest or been to space.

“To cross the Atlantic, which at its deepest is 5 miles deep in my 20 foot row boat, I will have to row over 1.5 million oar strokes and eat over 5000 calories a day whilst still losing over 20 percent of my body weight. But if I can raise enough funds for CRY to test hundreds of children and therefore prevent the tragic loss to a family of a much-loved child, then it will have been worth every pull on the oars and every mile of the journey,” says Mr Osborne. “Thank you to Queen Mary’s for their support”.

Members of Amy’s family came to start the challenge with the House Captains at the ready. Each pupil had 3 minutes to row and in total the school rowed 138,051 metres, 85.78 miles. Byland House were the House winners!

“Amy was a much-loved pupil of Queen Mary’s and we are thrilled to be able to support her father Andrew in his fundraising for CRY. All pupils took part in the charity row and the whole school community was behind the initiative,” says Carole Cameron, Head of Queen Mary’s School.

To donate to the appeal please go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rowforamy