Tom Brake Rows for Charity

August 20, 2010 1:36 PM

Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake recently took part in the All-Party Parliamentary Rowing Group's annual race to raise money for charity. The race pits teams from the House of Commons who wear green, against the House of Lords who wear red in a short race along the Thames.

With Tom rowing for the House of Commons, the green team raced to victory- although it should be noted that the Commons enjoyed the significant advantage of being able to field a much younger team than the Lords. There were also exhibition races between youth and professional teams.

Afterward, a reception was held by Siemens, who sponsored the event, in the Houses of Parliament where a £5000 donation was presented to the Philip Henman Charitable Foundation. The charity provides grants for a broad range of long term projects operated by major UK overseas development charities.

Asked about the event, Tom said, 'It was a fantastic experience, albeit very tiring! It felt immensely satisfying knowing it was all in the name of a good cause.'

'The race itself was quite exciting, and I'm sure many of us rowing for the Commons were keen not to be the first team in several years to be beaten by the Lords.'

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