Rowers from across the grocery world raised £80,000 for industry charity Caravan at the annual Speedo Windermere Row event last month. The event, now in its 29th year, was won by the Arla Foods boat in a time of one hour 46 minutes, followed by the Coca-Cola Enterprises boat two minutes later. The best fancy dress competition winners were the Elvis-themed Weetabix team.

The event is one of the annual activities that raise money for Caravan to look after former and current ­industry colleagues who have fallen on hard times.

"This year's event was my 24th consecutive row," said John Heagney, group symbol director at Nisa-Today's. "As always the entire weekend was great fun, well organised and a real 'win win' with the Caravan beneficiaries gaining from us having a great time."

Gillian Barker, director general at Caravan, added: "I'd like to say thank you to Speedo International for sponsoring the event. We would also like to thank Amanda Short for organising it, Keith Hogg, commercial director of Greenvale, for ensuring the safety of those taking part, and to all the companies who put so much effort in."

Forthcoming events on the Caravan calendar include a Northern golf tournament in York on 8 June; the Thames Valley Waitrose Supplier Gala Dinner on 10 June; the Northern Ireland Hog Roast Night on 22 June and a clay pigeon shoot in High Wycombe on 23 June