Big cash boost helps Exmouthrowing club take to seas with new gig

PUBLISHED: 12:30 04 August 2016 | UPDATED: 09:52 08 August 2016

A Exmouth gig rowing club received £25,000 to buy a new boat, after winning a national competition.

A Exmouth gig rowing club received £25,000 to buy a new boat, after winning a national competition.

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Exmouth Gig Club is celebrating winning a national award and cash grant to help buy a new boat.

The rowing club was able to afford a new Cornish gig after being awarded £25,000 from the OneFamily Foundation Community Awards.

The Community Awards are twice yearly run by the OneFamily Foundation and provide life-changing sums to organisations, groups and projects across the UK.

The OneFamily Foundation is an organisation set up by financial mutual, OneFamily, to redistribute a proportion of its profits to help its customers, their families and local communities.

The club thanked the community for supporting the group through nominations and votes after members of the public voted online for the group to win the award.

Member Nicola Price said: “The funding will make a fantastic difference to the club, and it’s great that by being an OneFamily customer, I can introduce more people to the sport we love.”

“New Cornish gigs are very expensive to buy and have to be handcrafted by a specialist boat maker.”

“We currently have one wooden gig boat that is more than 20 years old, and the new gig will enable our members to train more often, as well as allowing us to take part in more competitions.”

James Hale, customer engagement manager at OneFamily, praised the gig club and what it offers to Exmouth’s community.

He said: “Exmouth Gig Club is a brilliant organisation that helps people across the community stay active.

“The new boat will help them to continue their great work, as well as enabling young people across the area to get involved in this exciting sport.”

The next community awards from the OneFamily Foundation Community will be launched on September, 19.


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