Herne Bay Amateur Rowing Club named a superb coastal racing four boat on Sunday (3 April), which was generously donated by Paul Iddenden.

We would like to thank Paul for a lifetime of service in many rowing and social roles (too long to mention), and he has given his time to put our club in a better position for the future. 

The boat, named after Paul’s late wife and loved club member Stephanie, passed away sadly due to Cancer. She was a strong, determined and selfless woman who supported others and showed no self-pity. The boat will ensure her memory and strength is carried on for generations to come. 

Mark Jeffries, the club president presented Paul and Stephanie’s two sons, Trevor and Lewis with tokens of the club’s appreciation. They were handed framed photos of their father in his rowing prime and a cutting of an old wooden rowing boat named ‘Paul Iddenden’. 

Mark said “Lewis and Trevor have had successful rowing careers in their own right and are also supporters of our club. He continued to say: “I’d like to thank all who have made this day possible.” 

Paul himself had a few words to say about the new boat: “The sign on the boat had to be different and individual.” The new name is a copy of Stephanie’s signature on their wedding certificate from 1978, “so it holds a lot of memories and meaning.”

One of the sons, Trevor, is taking part in a long-distance running event from Herne Bay to Gloucestershire to raise funds for Cancer research. Please donate to this great cause. https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/trevors-giving-page-1265