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Hyperion Atlantic Challenge

1 team member

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

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Team story

[p] As part of the Group’s Million for a Million fundraising challenge, RKH Specialty’s Alexander Simpson, part of the Marine team, will be embarking on his third ocean crossing in support of our four chosen charities (see more on page 8).[/p][p] [/p][p]In January 2019, Alex and his crewmate Jamie, will be taking on the challenge to row from Gran Canaria to Barbados covering roughly 4,800 km (2,602 nautical miles), equating to one million strokes as quickly as possible. [/p][p] [/p][p] Alex has a positive track record of ocean crossings and has achieved four world records from his two previous crossings. In avoidance of superstition, the overall ambition of this feat is to cross the Atlantic in record time in under 37 days. The ocean offers plenty of unknowns and scenarios out of their control. Needless to say preparation for this challenge is huge and all support is greatly appreciated.[/p][p] [/p][p] [b]Some of the challenges the crew will face are:[/b][/p][p] • A new sleep pattern of 2 hours on / 2 hours off, 24 hours a day.[/p][p] • Rowing at night (a ‘favourite’ of Alex’s!).[/p][p] • New nutrition and fighting initial sea sickness.[/p][p] • Dealing with extreme weather (40 foot waves at times and flat calm seas and a beating sun).[/p][p] • Avoidance of ships in shipping lanes.[/p][p] • Keeping morale high. (When one person is rowing, the other is resting in a cabin).[/p][p] • Dealing with salt sores and minor infections (no excuses to miss a shift).[/p][p] • Maintaining and looking after the boat (storm is our home for an indefinite amount of time).[/p][p] • Jumping in the ocean and preventing barnacle growth on the hull of the boat to avoid friction.[/p][p] • Boredom and plenty more.[/p][p]?[/p][p][b][u]Hyperion Foundation's four chosen charities:[/u][/b][/p][p][br][/p][p][b][u]Black Dog Institute[/u][/b][/p][p]Millions of people around the world live with depression and other mental illnesses, yet many individuals are still afraid to talk about it. Aiming to reduce this stigma, our work with Black Dog will help to raise awareness around mental health and support their research.[/p][p][b][u]Cancer Research UK[/u][/b][/p][p]We will be supporting the life-changing work of Cancer Research UK, the world’s largest independent funder of research into cancer. Their vision is to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured[/p][p][b][u]InteRed[/u][/b][/p][p]By working with InteRed we will have the opportunity to change the lives of children and young adults from some of the poorest areas in Mexico. InteRed provides children with access to an education and training for young adults.[/p][p][b][u]Plastic Ocean Foundation[/u][/b][/p][p]We are joining Plastic Oceans’ global movement to reduce plastic consumption and the waste which is dumped into our seas. Their work also seeks to change the world’s attitude towards plastic, looking at real alternatives to stop the pollution of our oceans.[/p]

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Personal Challenge Date

01 Feb 2019





Holly Jackson

Good luck Jamie and Alex!! xxx




Good luck - hope the wind and waves treat you kindly!

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid



Good luck!

£25.00 plus £6.25 Gift Aid


Emma and Will Craig




Well done gents, an amazing adventure but a huge challenge. Wishing you good weather on your journey. Best wishes The Watson Family (TWells)

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid


Pips and James

Thinking of you all the way, you got this!!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid


Jonathan Eaton

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid


Annabel Brownhill

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid



£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

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