Lambton RC – boat and blade fund

by Lambton Rowing Club in Chester-le-Street, County Durham, United Kingdom

We did it
On 18th July 2023 we successfully raised £6,820 with 56 supporters in 56 days

Wishlist: a double scull, 4 pairs of sculling blades and a launch.

by Lambton Rowing Club in Chester-le-Street, County Durham, United Kingdom

Who we are

A club newly affiliated with British Rowing, we have a team of highly qualified coaches and a crop of athletes with great potential.

We’re fortunate to be based in the prestigious setting of Lord Lambton’s estate in Durham, but our ethos is to make rowing accessible to people from all walks of life.

That’s why we are volunteers, set an affordable membership fee and offer free learn-to-row courses. Our fees are among the lowest in the country for a British Rowing affiliated club and we intend to keep them that way.


Why we need funding

The impact of the pandemic and the cost-of-living crisis mean it is vital for communities to pull together and offer sporting opportunities in their local area. With funding support, Lambton RC will be able to enhance its delivery of such an opportunity for families across County Durham.

Staying fit and healthy as individuals and forging friendships through teamwork are things that Lambton RC makes not only available but also affordable.

The need for an exciting but also affordable sports club in the local area has meant our membership is growing fast and we need more equipment to bring the opportunity to row to more people, whatever their ability and financial means.

We have begged, borrowed and towed away boats and blades kindly donated by other clubs, but we need:

  • another double scull
  • 4 more pairs of sculling blades
  • another launch

Having a second launch will help us coach more rowers up close, on the water.

An extra double scull and sculling blades will mean more of our rowers can race in regattas all around the country.


How the money will be spent

Safety is paramount and so we only purchase top quality equipment and which is in excellent condition. Top quality and excellent condition don't come cheap, of course, especially as the pandemic has affected supply chains.

The price of a new double skull, one pair of sculling blades and a launch is approx. £5,000, £300 and £1,500, respectively.

Second-hand, those numbers are around £3,000, £200 and £900.


Community impact

Here are testimonials from some of our members:

  • "The club and coaches work really hard to ensure a welcoming environment for all the rowers. Those that need to progress to the next level are catered for, those who have aspirations and those who just want to participate, are all looked after so well. My son and daughter are excited to be part of such a brilliant environment."
  • "Thanks to Lambton RC's supportive coaching team and the welcoming, friendly atmosphere at the club, our daughter has finally found a sport she loves."
  • "Coaching of such a high standard in any sport, but especially rowing, would have been out of reach for our son because of the expense and the competition for places. Lambton RC takes elitism out of the equation and makes rowing something that anyone can have the chance to enjoy. Above and beyond that, my son has exemplary role-models at this club."
  • "This club is a special place, loved by all its members who freely share their skills and energy, be that repairing boats, building steps down to the riverbank, designing and sourcing sportswear, taking photos, baking for regattas, offering car-shares... the list goes on. The community spirit at Lambton Rowing Club is better than any I've known."
  • "What a fantastic club. A warm, family-friendly atmosphere, with extremely professional and well-qualified coaches. I have two children at the club, and they love it. They have not only progressed massively in skill and technique, but they have also made some wonderful friendships."
  • "The club has managed to remain focused on the rowing through thick and thin and this has culminated in a thriving community of dedicated members. I really like the fact I have two sets of friends - those at school and those at rowing."
  • "I love the rowing club as it has brought me so much joy. I have made so many new friends and the coaches are so supportive of the rowers!"


How you can help

There are 5 ways you could make a difference for our club:

1. Pledge Whether it’s £10 or £1,000, we’re grateful for any step closer to our goal.

2. Sponsor Could you connect us with a company willing to be a Gold, Silver or Bronze sponsor? We would carry their logo on our website.

3. Share The more people who know about us, the more chance we have of reaching our target, so please share our crowdfunding page on social media.

4. Offer Could your business make a donation of rewards we can offer our funders? That could be a crate of champagne, discounted cinema tickets, spa vouchers or a free haircut… Whatever your company can offer, we will gratefully pass on to those who make a pledge to fund us.

5. Join If you have an idea for fundraising on our behalf, such as a sponsored activity, simply click ‘contact project’ at the top of this page.

However you choose to support us, thank you!





This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£3 or more

2 of 3 claimed

Amazon voucher

Pledge £3 and receive a £5 voucher to spend at Amazon.

£20 or more

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Have your document edited

Pledge £20 and a professional editor will improve your text (up to 1,000 words). The RRP for this service is £25/1,000 words.

£30 or more

0 of 2 claimed

A personal trainer gym session

Pledge £30 and have an hour with a personal trainer in the gym of Park View Academy of Sport in Chester-le-Street, County Durham.

£30 or more

0 of 2 claimed

A drawing lesson

Pledge £30 and receive a lesson over Zoom with a qualified art teacher. The RRP for a one-to-one art lesson is £40/hour.

£40 or more

0 of 2 claimed

6 learn-to-row sessions (adult or junior)

Pledge £40 and receive coaching at our club on the Lambton Estate in County Durham.

£100 or more

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Your name on the seat of a Lambton RC boat

Pledge £100 and have your name printed on the seat of one of our boats.

£250 or more

Be a named donor

Pledge £250 and have your name and/or company name/logo on the list of top donors on Lambton RC’s website for a whole year.

£500 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Choose the name of a Lambton RC boat

Pledge £500 and choose the name of one of our boats.

£8 or more

3 of 3 claimed

Sainsbury's voucher

Pledge £8 and receive a £20 voucher to spend at Sainsbury's.

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