A ROWING club is on the crest of a wave after buying a new boat thanks to funding from a supermarket.

Burnham Coastal Rowing Club has been awarded £2,000 through Tesco’s Bags of Help initiative.

They have used the funding to buy a new boat for a crew of up to five people.

Club treasurer Kay Tavinor said: “As a result of the funding from Tesco, we’ve been better equipped to meet demand for our rowing services.

“It’s fantastic to see so many people from different age groups getting out on the boats and socialising with people they wouldn’t usually meet in another setting.

“The new boat has meant that even more people have benefitted from the rowing club, and we’re hugely grateful to Tesco for the funding.”

Founded in 2014, the group welcomes 100 members every year to enable the community to take part in rowing activities on the River Crouch.

Tesco Bags of Help manager Keith Jackson said: “The funding scheme responds to the needs of local communities which is why we’ve listened to colleagues and customers and decided to dedicate a round to groups and charities improving and preserving our wonderful coastlines.

“The types of projects supported could include life-saving, swimming safety, beach clean-ups, coastal paths, sailing clubs, clean water and protecting coastal wildlife, and we are very excited to see the range of organisations which apply.”