Three men in a boat

Published: Monday, 17 February 2020

INSPIRED by Jerome K Jerome’s 1889 novel, Three Men In A Boat, three men are to row from Oxford to London in a fundraising challenge.

The men will row down the Thames to raise funds for local charity, Shipston Home Nursing, Alan Tilbury reports.

ThreeMenDonnington Bridge

Then three, Jonathan Davies, William Dockar-Drysdale and David Williams will start at Donnington Bridge in Oxford on Monday 18th May and finish at Walton-on-Thames on Saturday 23rd May.

To fit in with the occasion of Three Men in a Boat the three will dress in period costume with the boat having a easily erected canvas cover which can be used for shelter from the sun and rain during the day. At night, it converts the craft into a floating tent, with Jonathan telling:

Not difficult decision

“Accepting the challenge to row down the Thames in turn of the century boating gear in support of Shipston Home Nursing was not difficult.

"It will be worth every drop of sweat, every blister, every strained muscle to help our very own local hospice at home charity, who support so many people at the hardest time of their lives. And I’m comforted by our skipper’s meticulous planning—he’s promised a suitable watering hole round every bend of the river."

Though the core crew is in place, they are looking for anyone who would be interested in joining the boat for part of the journey, in return for a £100 donation.

Anyone interested can contact: William Dockar-Drysdale via Rebecca.mawle@shipstonhomenursing