The Olympic bronze medallist from Hexham, Matt Wells, is organising a regatta and family fun day, to raise funds for his new charity to help talented young rowers. Ten of his Team GB team mates are taking part, including the gold medallists Kat Copeland from Teesside, and her partner Sophie Hosking.
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