Rowing the Tyne for Stroke Association

Thirteen of DARC’s daytime members are combining with rowers from Tees and Stourport RC to enter three mixed quads for the Great Tyne Row on September 2nd while raising funds for a good cause.

‘We wanted to use the occasion to raise funds for a worthy cause, and as all of us has a family member or friend whose life has been affected as a result of a stroke we decided to adopt the Stroke Association as our chosen charity’ said Vaughan Gordon, one of the crew members.

Roger Bean of Stourport recovered from the stroke he had in 1997 but was fortunate enough to make a good recovery which allowed him to complete the Great Tyne Row for the first time in 2014, also following heart surgery.

Another member taking part is Victoria Dektereff of Tees RC, who started rowing as a means of getting her life back on track after suffering a stroke in 2009.

The Great Tyne Row is arranged by the Northern Rowing Council and takes place annually over 25km of the River Tyne between Newburn and Tynemouth.

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Team members including Chris Merchant, Colin Lawson, Jane Auster, Kalpana Ganatra, Nicola Field, Caroline Scholl, Dave Green, Steve Auster, Vaughan Gordon, Victoria Dektereff, Clive Hole, Elizabeth Judson, Linda James, Roger Bean and Sue Lyons hope to raise £1000 for the charity.

All donations will be gratefully appreciated. To support the team please sign the list on the Club notice board or see their JustGiving page on