Former Herts and Essex High School girl rows a marathon for Bishop's Stortford Food Bank and Cambridge's Rob Roy Boat Club
An 18-year-old former Herts and Essex High School student has given two causes a funding boost by rowing a marathon.
Matilda Ramnani was sponsored to cover 26.2 miles on a rowing machine at home on the Bishop's Gate estate and amassed donations for a rowing club in Cambridge that is close to her heart.
"Rob Roy Boat Club, like many sports clubs, have suffered financially during this pandemic," said Matilda. "This is a sport that has changed my life so I wanted to give something back.
"Whilst at school I was never academic and wondered where my life would go. I’m now studying sport at Cambridge Regional College and have just been employed as a rowing coach."
Matilda also wanted to give money to a cause closer to home: Bishop's Stortford Food Bank, which is based in South Street's Methodist Church. "The food bank do incredible work so the first £100 I raised went directly to them," she said.
She set a fundraising target of £300 and has generated £310. Her online donation page is still open at gofund.me/a4a97178.