Bude Pilot Gig Club - Coronavirus Crowdfunding

by Bude Pilot Gig Club in Bude, England, United Kingdom

£5,012

raised of £4,500 stretch target

39

supporters
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Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 29th September 2020 at 6:36pm

Bude Pilot Gig Club is inviting the community to offer contributions to help bridge the shortfall created by coronavirus pandemic.

by Bude Pilot Gig Club in Bude, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

We would love to buy more equipment so we can expand our membership and encourage new people to join the club! We would love a new set of oars, lifejackets and seats (to keep our bums cushioned)! The funds will also be used to maintain our current equipment, including a yearly service on our wooden boat, trailer repairs and general maintenance fees. We will be very grateful for any donations! 


Bude Pilot Gig Club (BPGC) is inviting the community to offer contributions to help bridge the shortfall created by coronavirus pandemic.

Who and what is BPGC?

We are a friendly and welcoming Cornish Pilot Gig rowing club that gives people of all abilities the chance to experience Gig Rowing, including racing at regattas and attending social events. 

We are a thriving club with competitive race crews of all ages, ranging from juniors to super-veterans, and everyone in- between! 

We pride ourselves on being open to all and provide social rows for those who want to enjoy gig rowing in a more relaxed manner to keep fit and socialise, but without the commitment of crew training.

Why we need your help!

Rowing has not been permitted since the start of lockdown and the coronavirus and has had a devastating effect on our club finances. Although we are currently not rowing, we still have to cover our costs, including:

  • Insurance fees
  • Tamar Lake license (our training grounds)
  • Boat maintenance for all three gig boats 
  • Trailer maintenance
  • Lifejacket servicing 
  • Additional costs incurred by Covid-19, such as cleaning products to ensure a safe return to rowing

What are we fundraising for?

The good news is from September 2nd we are allowed to row again and will be back on the water! 

However, we have depleted all of our funds covering the above overheads and have had no income since lockdown began. 

We really want to grow our club and increase participation, but to do this we need enough equipment to support our current members and potential new ones! All of our equipment needs to be regularly serviced and maintained.

We need to raise money for:

  • The yearly maintenance and service of our wooden boat - a minimum of £1,500.
  • Cleaning products to ensure a safe return to rowing, approx. £100.
  • Additional essential equipment for our first aid kit, approx. £50.

If we raise enough money we would also love a new set of oars! We currently only have one adult and one junior set. Each set of oars costs £3,000!

How do we normally make money?

We would normally fundraise throughout the year with a variety of events. This ensures we can cover all of our overheads, maintain our equipment and buy new equipment when needed. 

Last year our club Fundraising Officer raised over £1,000 with a variety of activities, including quiz nights, rowathons, sweepstakes and lots more! 

However due to social distancing rules it has not been possible organise any activities this year.

Furthermore, our rowers all pay £1 per row for every training session they attend. This raises over £2,500 per year of additional income. As rowing has not been permitted, we have completely lost this income.

We had big plans for 2020! We were going to hold a regatta at Tamar Lakes to raise money for a new set of oars. Sadly all of these plans had to be cancelled. 

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How we support the local community

We always participate in local events and raise money for charity within the local community.

This includes Bude Lifeboat Day, Bude Heritage Day and Tamar Lakes Open Day. We offer taster rows at these events, as well as fundraising raffles and games to raise money for charity or the club.

Our club members have just completed a 6 week challenge, aiming to row, cycle, swim or run as many miles as possible. As a team they have completed 7334 miles and raised £5,100 for Children's Hospice South West!

Three of our members also rowed 5k every day through May and raised £1,500 for Cornwall Air Ambulance! 

We regularly hold quiz nights to raise funds for the club. These are well attended by the local community. We invite local businesses to donate raffle prizes. This helps to promote their business and in turn helps the club to raise money. On average our quiz nights raise £500 for the club, whilst supporting the local pubs that we use for venues. 

We are always trying to support local charities and the community, so we would love your support now! 

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What's in it for you?

There are a range of rewards and offers available to people who donate from fun taster rows, merchandise, vouchers and a holiday! 

Sport England are currently offering up to 50% match funding. Therefore if we are successful with our application to Sport England we will receive up to 50% match funding of our £3,000 target!! 

So anything you donate now will go that bit further in helping us reach our goals!

Crowdfunder is also making it 100% free for community and charity crowdfunding projects during the coronavirus crisis.

A little more info on BPGC

We are the most northerly based Gig Rowing Club in Cornwall and have been rowing in the Cornish seas since 2003. 

We are based at the Upper Tamar Lake, on the outskirts of Bude. This allows us to row all year round, in a safe and scenic environment. During the spring and summer months, we row at sea as often as possible.

We travel across the South West, participating in regattas in some of the most stunning locations. Every year we attend the Cornish Pilot Gig Club World Championship on the Isle of Scillies, competing against 100's of other clubs. 

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So what is Cornish Pilot Gig Rowing?

Cornish Pilot Gig rowing is one fastest growing sports in the country, and is the fastest growing female sport in the country.

The sport is rich in heritage. We row and race a fleet of traditional wooden Cornish Pilot Gigs, each gig is 32 foot long, six-oared rowing boat traditionally used for pilotage, harbour work and as lifeboats. 

All the Cornish Pilot Gigs built today follow the lines of the gig ‘Treffry’ built in 1838 and are speedy, seaworthy vessels, even in lively sea conditions.

There are six rowers and a coxswain in each crew and their success relies upon the skill of the coxswain plus the ability of the rowers to pull together under pressure, a combination of oarsmanship and fitness. 

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These are unprecedented times and anything you can donate will be hugely appreciated! 

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

Fun taster row

For just £5 you can experience Gig Rowing! You will be with an experienced crew who will teach you the basics, so you can enjoy a fun row around Tamar Lake. Before you know it, you will be hooked! We will provide date options once we are allowed back on the water.

£12 or more

2021 Junior membership, plus a £5 row card

Pay for your 2021 junior membership now and you will save £3 on rowing fees!

£20 or more

1 of 2 claimed

Professionally produced framed rowing photograph

Framed rowing photograph from one of the past regattas. Produced by our professional photographer, worth £25.

£20 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Stagecoach voucher

1 week unlimited travel in Devon and Cornwall courtesy of Stagecoach!

£30 or more

Junior BPGC kit bundle (2 tees & 1 hoodie)

Buy your Junior rowing kit, including two BPGC tees and one hoodie. Saving you £5 and no delivery fees!

£30 or more

1 of 2 claimed

Osteopathy treatment and consultation

Osteopathy treatment and consultation with Jo at Williams Osteopathy, Okehampton, worth £39! Jo is a registered Osteopath and Level 4 Sports Massage Therapist. Jo will diagnostically assess the body as a whole and treat each patient as an individual, providing exercises and advice for your specific needs. To book, call 01837 659 789 and mention it's through Bude Rowing club. williamsosteopathy.co.uk

£34 or more

Ladies kit bundle (2 vests & 1 hoodie)

Buy you BPGC rowing kit now including two vests and one hoodie. Saving you £5 and no delivery fees!

£35 or more

Fun taster row and BPGC branded hoodie

Experience the fun and excitement of Gig rowing and receive your own branded BPGC hoodie. You will be with an experienced crew who will teach you the basics, so you can enjoy a fun row around Tamar Lake. Before you know it, you will be hooked! We will provide date options once we are allowed back on the water.

£36 or more

Adult Men's kit bundle ( 2 tees & 1 hoodie)

Buy your BPGC rowing kit, including two tees and one hoodie now. Saving you £5 and no delivery fees!

£40 or more

0 of 1 claimed

John Deere adult brown herringbone jacket

John Deere waterproof jacket, with an RRP value of £64.00! Absolute bargain! Waterproof to 8000mm, breathable to 800MVP, zip front, internal chest pocket, adjustable hood & cuffs, deep pockets, in brown.

£40 or more

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1/2 Day adventure activity day - Dartmoor

This is for a family of four at Moorland Hall, Dartmoor. For thrill seeking families, this includes exciting off ground activities, such as Jacob's ladder, crate building and the leap of faith! Normally worth £60 for a family of four! www.moorlandhall.co.uk

£40 or more

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1/2 day mountain biking on Dartmoor

Worth £60! For a family of four, you can enjoy mountain biking on Dartmoor thanks to Moorland Hall, Dartmoor. You will be led by a professional instructor and enjoy an exciting ride across the moors. www.moorlandhall.co.uk

£50 or more

2021 junior membership & 1 year row card

Pay for your 2021 junior membership and your weekly rows for a year. Saving you £5 on rowing fees, and no worrying about bringing a £1 to the lake! This is based on rowing once a week for 45 weeks per year, as some weeks will be missed due to regattas, Christmas and holidays. If you row for more than 45 weeks, you will need to pay the £1 row fee. No refund if you do not use all of your rows.

£75 or more

2021 Adult membership, plus a £5 row card

Buy your 2021 adult membership early and you will save £5 on rowing fees!

£115 or more

2021 membership & 52 rows, 1 row a week for a year

Pay for your 2021 adult membership now and get one of your weekly rows included for a year (52 weeks). Saving you £12 on rowing fees, plus there's no worrying about bringing a £1 to the lake! If you row more than this, you will need to pay £1 rowing fee. There will be no refund if you do not use all of your rows.

£185 or more

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Family friendly caravan stay, near Bude, 3 nights

3 night caravan stay, worth £285! Situated in the idyllic countryside, at Lufflands holiday park, near Tamar lakes, our training grounds! A short drive to the stunning Cornish coast. With lots of space for the children to run around and play. The site has a small shop (cash needed) and a restaurant/bar. There is a dog walking area and a launderette (extra charge). Mid-week stay October 2020 - May 2020. www.dentonholidays.co.uk

£210 or more

2021 adult membership & unlimited rows for a year

Pay for your 2021 adult membership and get unlimited rows for a year! Saving you £25 on rowing fees, and no worrying about bringing a £1 to the lake! This is based on 3 rows per week for 52 weeks. If you row more than this, you will need to pay £1 rowing fee. There will be no refund if you do not use all of your rows.

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Private English tuition

A private tutor session, worth £25 from one of our club members. This is available for year 10 and year 11 students. Our member teaches at Budehaven Community School and has several private students. A great reward for any student currently studying for their GCSE's.

£25 or more

2 of 2 claimed

30 minute sports massage and laser therapy

A treatment from our club's Sports Massage Therapist. Experience laser therapy and a deep tissue massage, for the bargain price of £25! This is a 30 minute session, worth £32.00. www.flextherapybude.com.

£35 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Private 1:1 yoga session with Fiona

Grab yourself a private yoga session, worth £45! Fiona caters for all abilities and is based in Bude. She is Particularly interested in the therapeutic benefits of yoga and promoting a sense of health and wellbeing. You can arrange a date and time with Fiona to suit you. www.yogacore.co.uk

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