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Hyperion Atlantic Challenge

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Challenge complete

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Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

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Raised offline: £0.00

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


Apr 10, 2019


£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Mar 22, 2019


£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Mar 15, 2019

Tim Irvin

Fantastic effort in breaking the record. Enjoy a rest and a beer.

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Mar 14, 2019

Rob Webb

Amazing achievement, congratulations.

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Mar 11, 2019

Geraldine and Jamie Ormonde

Congratulations on your amazing feat! An inspiration to all.

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Mar 11, 2019

Julia and Mike Eden

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Mar 11, 2019

Amy Tarrant

Congratulations, incredibly impressive!!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Mar 10, 2019

Christine Skeats

Congratulations on achieving your dream. An amazing feat. Very proud of you Jamie. Used to teach you many years ago!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Mar 9, 2019


Congratulations Jamie and Alex, incredible achievement!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Mar 9, 2019


£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

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