I am 20…I have never rowed…I get sea sick…why on earth have I decided to row the Atlantic!? To be perfectly honest, I am terrible at saying no!
I have previously run the London Marathon, raising £12,000, and cycled from Rome2Home, raising £9,000, both for the Brain Research Trust. Surely rowing the Atlantic is the next logical step…?
Pushing myself, both physically and mentally, is something I find great satisfaction in doing. Especially when outside in the open air with a goal, long or short term, in mind.
As an aspiring medic studying Bio-medical Sciences, I feel that I am somewhat hardwired to not take easy options in life. Therefore I am relishing the chance to have a crack at what I think is one of the ultimate adventures out there. I can’t wait to battle through some big waves with Fred – game on!
I’m 20 and at Bristol University studying Mechanical Engineering. Having played sport all my life, I have a real love for it. Playing for my school’s 1st XV rugby team, 1st XI Football team and the Bath Rugby Club Academy have tested my drive and commitment on the sports pitch. Having been fortunate enough to gain an Army Scholarship, I want to find challenges that can truly test me.
By cycling 1,400 miles from Rome2Home with Jack and a friend for the Brain Research Trust I know what it is like to take part in punishing multi-day events. Also that I can still get on with Jack when the going gets tough!
In 2010 we were given an inspirational talk about rowing the Atlantic. This exposed me to the idea that such epic challenges were even possible and firmly placed rowing the Atlantic as an endeavour I wanted to complete. When Jack first approached me 3 years later and suggested we should take on just such a mission there was no way I could say no. So here we both are at the beginning of the biggest adventure of our lives…
Did you know that 1 in 6 people in the UK suffer a major neurological condition of some kind and that 1 in 5 of all hospital admissions require treatment from a neurologist or neurosurgeon?
We are supporting the Brain Research Trust and hope to raise £150,000 for this charity, the only general neurological research charity in the UK, which funds ground-breaking research into conditions including Alzheimer’s and other Dementias, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neurone Disease, Epilepsy, Stroke, Brain Tumours and Injury. This takes place at UCL Institute of Neurology in London, rated 2nd in the world for research, with 4 of the top 10 neuroscientists in the world as part of their team.
As an aspiring medic about to go off to University, Jack has a very strong personal tie with this charity: In August 2012, his brother-in-law suffered a serious brain injury after a fall from his bike whilst competing in a local triathlon. He was in a coma for 2 months and still has not fully recovered. Now back at home, Andrew is looked after by full-time carers. Jack’s bond with this charity is only strengthened by having had a Grandmother who died from a Brain Tumour and a close family friend suffering from Alzheimer’s.
Fred, has also witnessed the effects that brain related illnesses can have on a family. in 2012 his uncle, Ant, very sadly passed away from a brain tumour. Ant was a truly amazing man with an awesome sense of humour and the jokes to match. He is dearly missed by all who knew him and will be great inspiration for Fred out on the Atlantic. Fred’s Grandfather also suffers from Dementia which is sad to see for anyone who knows him.
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