The 'Row the Amazon' Team (Simon Furnival, Andy Griffiths, Stephen Harpin, Stuart Manley & Martin Berry)

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Earlier this month five amateur rowers from Shropshire embarked on a momentous challenge for charity…to row the navigable length of the Amazon River (2077 miles) totally unsupported, in 30 days!


The team, by their own admission, are not athletes, just five ambitious but otherwise ordinary men in their 40s, determined to stretch themselves, achieve something extraordinary and raise awareness and funds for some exceptional charities.

One of the crew, Stuart Manley, is a friend and neighbour of ours, as well as being the Master Craftsman who has been at the heart of all the building and renovation which has taken place in recent years at Eaton Manor.

The team are raising money for their selected charities, with The Motor Neurone Disease Association and Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research being Stuart’s chosen charities. Here at Eaton Manor we really wanted to show our support of this immense undertaking and have become gold sponsors of the challenge.

The team are pictured above at the Brazilian border crossing last week. From left to right they are: Simon Furnival, Andy Griffiths, Stephen Harpin, Stuart Manley and Martin Berry.

We wish the team all the very best of luck as they continue on their journey and look forward to hearing all about it on their safe return.

  • To find out more about this amazing challenge click here to visit the Row the Amazon website or here to follow their progress on Facebook.
  • If you would like to support the team click here to view the charities they have chosen, with links to each Just Giving page where donations can be made.