Remembering Sally Lawrence

Many of you have been asking about how you can help mark Sally's life and her legacy.

Sally was the epitome of inclusiveness, making sure people enjoyed their rowing above all else. She gave so much of her time to the club and we are acutely aware that no one person will be able to replace her.

To honour her memory, Sally’s friends and members have established a fund in her name – Sally’s Fund to commemorate the inclusive spirit she so ardently fostered. The fund, administered on behalf of the Board, aims to support adults to participate and enjoy rowing, particularly those who face barriers and challenges or just need the help she would so willingly have given.

The types of support that the fund could enable include providing access to rowing for people with differing needs; equipment and participation in external events for those who wouldn’t generally get the opportunity to race; and training for people willing to coach those who have less access to traditional club resources.

Sally could never say no to anyone who sought help, and the fund will aim to continue that spirit for those who most need it. If you can afford to donate, please visit the Virgin Money Giving page we have set up in her name. Donations are welcome, however large or small. Of course those unable to donate may choose to support Sally's memory in more practical ways.

Video and online book of condolence

Due to the current situation, plans to celebrate Sally's life will sadly be delayed. In the meantime, a beautiful video showing photographs of Sally set to music has been posted here.

We also aim to set up an online book of condolence on our website so we have a record of the many lovely comments that have been posted online. If you would like to contribute you can either leave a comment on the Virgin Money Giving page with your full name or send it to


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