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Hitting close to home

Hermes execs row Thames for charity

The Hermes executives raised more than 70,000 for two medical research centers.

A team of eight executives from Hermes Investment Management's real estate team completed a 160-mile journey on the River Thames that ended at Tower Bridge last week, raising thousands of pounds for two medical research centers.

The course, known as the Thames Head to the Tower, took in 46 locks and seven counties over five days. The team — dubbed Guts & Glory — has raised more than 70,000 ($89,000) for 40tude, a charity working to cure colon cancer, and the Oxford Young Adult Clinic, part of The Oxford Kidney Unit Trust Fund Ltd., which supports young people through diagnosis, treatment, transplant and recovery related to kidney illnesses.

And the effort was particularly close to the team members' hearts. The eight decided to embark on the feat in December after two members were hit by devastating news. Gavin Murray, asset manager and a cancer survivor, was told his bowel cancer had returned and required extensive chemotherapy. Fellow team member and fund director Chris Mathew's son, William, was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease. He will need a kidney transplant. Both executives rowed.