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Pulling for Pups team raise £4,000 for Hounds for Heroes with marathon rows

A group of Chichester Rugby Club players have raised over £4,000 for Hounds for Heroes by rowing seven marathons in seven days.

Friends and long-term players Ben Polhill, Tommy Polhill, Aaron Davies and Nick Blout decided to take on the challenge after hearing how our specially trained assistance dogs are enhancing the lives of so many ex-military and emergency service personnel all over the UK.

Tommy said: “The club has so many connections to the armed forces and emergency services, so I really wanted to give something back, and what better way than to take on a challenge like this – and push us to our limits.”

After much blood, sweat and tears, thousands of pounds of weights lifted and miles rowed during their 12 weeks of training, the team completed their seven-day challenge with an emotional finale at Chichester Rugby Club Minis and Juniors training day.

More than 150 people went along to support the team in its final few hours of pain.

The foursome originally pledged to raise £3,000 to pay for a new puppy, who they have aptly named ‘Cromwell’ (watch this space for updates on his arrival). They far exceeded this and raised over £4,000 – an incredible achievement and the extra money will pay for caring for Cromwell during his first year of training.

We’d like to say a huge thank you to the Pulling for Pups team, we are so grateful for their support and dedication, the team plan to continue fundraising for Hounds for Heroes and are already organising their next activity. They hope to raise more money so they can adopt Cromwell and help put him through his advance training.