Transatlantic rowers meet David Cameron

Transatlantic hopefuls Row for Freedom have met the Prime Minister, David Cameron, ahead of their 3000-mile rowing challenge.

The six women – Julia Immonen, Andrea Quigley, Debbie Beadle, Helen Leigh, Kate Richardson, and Katie Pattison-Hart – will embark on the 3000-mile journey in December, with the aim of raising £1million to help the victims of human trafficking.

Mr. Cameron hosted the rowers alongside members of ECPAT UK – a charity campaigning to protect children from trafficking.

‘It didn’t really hit me that we were meeting the prime minister and how big that was until we walked into number 10,’ said crew-member Helen Leigh.

‘It is such an honour to be part of this team, not only because I have made five great new friends but to be a part of something which is really trying to make a difference.’

The Row for Freedom crew also found time to row their transatlantic boat along the Thames, ahead of their meeting with the prime minister.

As part of their boat-naming ceremony, the six women rowed their specially-designed boat alongside a crew of MPs to the Westminster Boating Base, where four-times Olympic gold medallist Sir Matthew Pinsent was on hand to officially name the boat ‘The Guardian sponsored by Manpowergroup’.

For more information on Row for Freedom, and to find out more about the anti-trafficking charities that the crew is supporting, visit or watch the following video:

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