AURA PRINT TEAM OVERCOMES CHALLENGES TO COMPLETE EPIC LOCH NESS ROW, RAISING OVER £4,000 FOR WEST YORKSHIRE’S ‘THE HOWARTH FOUNDATION’.
The Aura Print team has successfully completed an awe-inspiring rowing challenge across the Scottish Highlands, defying unforeseen obstacles and raising over £4,000 for The Howarth Foundation. With determination and shared commitment to support their local community, the team embarked on this epic adventure, showcasing resilience, camaraderie, and a passion for making a difference.
The row, which took place over 2 days at the end of June 2023, brought together Aura Print employees, friends, family, and business sponsors who generously supported the fundraiser.
Originally planning to row Loch Ness, the team were forced to adapt to adverse weather conditions (gale-force winds being of primary concern with the tides and white-capped waves of Loch Ness) and expertly navigated their way to Loch Ness instead, via slightly more sheltered Lochs. The team navigated Loch Arkaig, Loch Lochy, the Caledonian Canal, and Loch Oich instead, covering roughly the same distance. Despite the challenges, including torrential rain, gusty winds, and relentless midges, the team’s spirit remained undeterred.
The fundraising efforts were dedicated to The Howarth Foundation, a local charity committed to rehabilitating the homeless and empowering them through meaningful training and employment. Aura Print’s support of THF aligns with their corporate responsibility to uplift their community and create lasting change.
By raising over £4,000, Aura Print and their sponsors have directly contributed to providing essential services, including mental health support, medical expenses, training opportunities, and occasional living support. The funds will help THF continue their invaluable work in providing individuals with a second chance at life fostering a safe and healthy future.
Reflecting on this extraordinary journey, team members shared their personal insights and heartfelt gratitude. John from Aura Print expressed, “Rowing the Lochs surrounded by the amazing beauty of Scotland really helped me clear my mind, reset, and push myself physically. All for a great cause, of course!”. Zoey from Aura Print added “Shoulders ached, mosquitoes’ bit and kits got wet, but it was amazing to turn off my phone for a few days and sink my teeth into something truly different for an incredible cause”.
Aura Print extends their sincere appreciation to River to Sea Scotland for their guidance and support in the lead-up and throughout the row, ensuring a memorable and rewarding experience. The team also thanks their brave adventurers and the community for their donations, sponsorships, and encouragement.
The Aura Print team’s remarkable journey serves as an inspiration for individuals to take action, get involved, and make a positive impact on their communities. To support their fundraising cause and learn more about their adventure, please head to their GoFundMe page.
About Aura Print:
Aura Print is a Huddersfield-based print company committed to delivering premium print solutions and exceptional customer service. With a focus on sustainability and community support, Aura Print aims to make a positive impact on their customers, employees, and local community.
List of Rowers:
Liam Smith (Director, Aura Print)
Zoey Robins (Marketing & Content Manager, Aura Print)
Dominic Moccia (Customer Service Advisor, Aura Print)
Chris Dyson (Print Finisher, Aura Print)
John Hetherington (Digital Printer & Finisher, Aura Print)
James Burns (Studio & CS Manager, Aura Print)
Rachael Hepworth (Partnership Manager, The Howarth Foundation)