Associated Architects’ rowers raise £2,196 for homelessness charity

L-R: Jamie Green, Neil Leedham, Ben McPhee, Hannah Kelsall, Lewis Buckley and Doug Weare

Oar blimey! A team of architects raised more than £2,000 for homelessness charity Shelter after completing a 590-mile ‘Rowvember’ challenge.

27 rowers from Associated Architects completed the long-distance mission during lunch hours at the Club & Spa, The Mailbox, between November 1st-30th.

Staff from Associated Architects’ Leeds office also took part, using the nearby Nuffield Health gym.

The row covered the distance between Associated’s Mailbox office to its Leeds office, then on to the Royal Holloway, University of London – which was recently redesigned by the practice – and back to the Birmingham office.

The total amount raised was £2,196.00, smashing the team’s target of £1,500.

Ben McPhee, Marketing Manager for Associated Architects, who organised the row, said: “It’s been a fantastic opportunity to do something to help with a problem faced not just by our home cities of Birmingham and Leeds, but by most cities around the UK.

“We are proud to do anything we can to support Shelter and their excellent work with those in need; with bad housing and homelessness.”

Neil Leedham, Manager at the Club & Spa, arranged for the Associated Architects fundraisers from Birmingham to use the gym’s rowing machines throughout November.

“It was a pleasure to host Associated Architects to support their Rowvember Challenge. We are thrilled with the amount they’ve raised to help the homeless in the city and further afield,” said Neil.