Young rowers set to take part in Centurion Challenge in memory of River Reeves


THE younger brother of River Reeves, who tragically died alongside his bandmates from Viola Beach, is taking part in a fundraising Centurion Challenge on the River Mersey in Warrington.

Quinlan Dunne and childhood friend Charlie Ford will be taking part in the inaugural Centurion Challenge on 12 September organised by London Youth Rowing (LYR) – guided by 3x Olympic champ Andy Triggs Hodge.
The Centurion Challenge will see rowing clubs from across the UK nominate their very own Centurions, to row 100km.
The Challenge celebrates the transformative potential that the sport of rowing can have in serving its local communities by fundraising for either a community project run by the Club or local charities/charities close to them.
Quinlan and Charlie will be taking on the challenge in a double, representing Warrington Youth Rowing & Warrington Rowing Club.
After Quinlan’s older brother, River’s tragic death in 2016, the young rower and his siblings received excellent support from Child Bereavement UK. Since then, Quinlan has been involved with the charity, helping to raise awareness of how grief can affect the lives of young people.
Following the tragedy which resulted in the passing of the band member and his crew, Viola Beach, the River Reeves Foundation was established. The charity aims to provide bursaries and support for disadvantaged young people looking to develop their futures within the performing and visual arts.
On 12th September, on the riverside of Mersey, on the club’s lawns, The RiverReeves Foundation with the support from the club and Warrington Youth Rowing will host a fundraising day.
The day will host a couple of local bands, a BBQ style breakfast, lunch and ‘summer supper’.
On the finish line, a plethora of celebratory toys such as fireworks, tickertape, and music. Some of our better-known guests will include the club’s ambassadors, local MPs, the mayor and possibly Coldplay in some capacity!


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