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Cavray conquer Cumbrian challenge


A team from Cavaghan and Gray, part of 2 Sisters Meal Solutions division, entered the Windermere Row to help support people that work or have worked in food manufacturing and retail that face adversity.

Our intrepid oarspersons from the prepared meal site in Carlisle joined 24 other teams from the Grocery sector to row 10.5 miles across England’s largest lake in wet and blustery conditions.

The team of five from Brunel House completed the back-breaking course in a respectable two hours and 24 minutes and smashed their sponsorship target of £500 for the benevolent charity GroceryAid.

Team leader and senior commercial manager, Matt Roberts said: “The team was brilliant, we had an amazing day and everyone did really well coming together at late notice.”

“It was supposed to be 10.5 miles but I think we must have covered this on the first leg as we battled our way against the elements and slalomed our way down the course.”

“We received some fantastic support from our colleagues, family and friends and everyone’s been very generous.”

PREPARING TO BATTLE THE ELEMENTS: the calm before the storm (image attributed to Dave Willis).

Emma Routledge, head of finance at C&G said: “The Lake was unbelievably choppy during the morning and the event was delayed over an hour because of the waves.”

“It was a row of two halves and the first leg was hard work but once we sailed around the island we raced home with the wind behind us.”

“Most people thought we were mad but we had a lot of fun, finished a respectable ninth and raised over £750 for a great charity.”

FAMOUS FIVE: from left, Matt Roberts, Mike Armstrong, Emma Routledge, Stu Turnbull and John Needham (image attributed to Dave Willis).

Interesting facts:

GroceryAid is the national charity for grocery people, whether you work for a manufacturer, wholesaler, the supply chain or grocery store.

It’s been active for about 160 years and they aim to support and help grocery people in need by making their lives better.

From financial assistance to advice from their confidential 24/7 Helpline, the charity is funded by corporate sponsorship, donations and fundraising events like the Windermere Row.

To find out more about the charity visit or call the Helpline on 08088 021122.