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R3OB2018 Atlantic Challenge 2018

Row Row Row Our Boat

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My story

[p]On the 12th of December 2018 our team of 4 will depart La Gomera and row row row our boat the 3000 + miles to Antigua, racing other crews in The World’s Toughest Row. What was just an idea in early 2017 when 3 of the team took part in the The Toughest Footrace on Earth in the Sahara Desert, will have become a reality. After months of planning, training and working with the amazing support from friends, colleagues, partners and family we will be at the start line ready for the off! We are anticipating a massive physical and mental challenge and everything we have read and all the people we have spoken to suggest that we will not be disappointed![/p][vmgvideo class="ql-video" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/GDrfueGIddw?showinfo=0&rel=0&iv_load_policy=3"][/vmgvideo][p]Storms and 50ft waves that toss and roll the tiny boat like some giant hand from the sky, blisters, sea sickness, sunburn, lack of sleep, open sores, rehydrated food, exhaustion from rowing in shifts of 2 hours on 2 hours off are just some of the pleasures that we have been promised. We know this, yet we are excited and looking forward to the trip because we are thinking about it differently, whilst also raising money for 2 very worthwhile charities. [/p][vmgvideo class="ql-video" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/dbWphnFRYyc?showinfo=0&rel=0&iv_load_policy=3"][/vmgvideo][p][br][/p][p][b][u]Over the Wall[/u] [/b][/p][p]Over The Wall is a national UK children’s charity and a member of the international SeriousFun Children’s Network. We provide [b]free of charge [/b]Therapeutic Recreation camps to help children with life-limiting illnesses and their families reach beyond the perceived limitations of illness to rediscover a whole new world of possibilities. Through participation in a proven programme of fun-filled recreational and educational activities, our camps help promote inclusion whilst developing the confidence, self-esteem, coping strategies and peer relationships of all our campers.[/p][p]We give children one glorious week of experiences that are memorable, exciting, fun and empowering, in a physically safe and medically sound environment.[/p][p][b][u]http://www.otw.org.uk/[/u][/b][/p][vmgvideo class="ql-video" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/PFK39BYEkZs?showinfo=0&rel=0&iv_load_policy=3"][/vmgvideo][p][br][/p][p][b][u]St Luke's Cancer Centre[/u][/b] (The Royal Surrey County Hospital)[/p][p]The Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is a single-site hospital, based in Guildford, which serves a population of more than 330,000 across south west Surrey; and a tertiary cancer centre, offering state of the art diagnostic and treatment services to a population of up to 2 million. The Trust celebrated its 150th birthday on 27 April 2016.[/p][p]As a NHS Foundation Trust, we have a 26-strong Council of Governors and over 8,000 public members. We employ 3,500 members of staff making us one of Guildford’s largest employers. In addition, the hospital is supported by a thriving group of 500 volunteers all of whom provide valuable services on an independent, voluntary basis.[/p][p][img][/img][/p][p][img][/img][/p][p]This year around [b]11,400[/b] people will die from breast cancer in the UK. Tragically my sister Emma was one of these people when she died from breast cancer on 19th March 2016 surrounded by her loved ones at home. Like thousands of other fiercely brave people Emma had fought this terrible disease from diagnosis 15 years earlier in 2001 when she was just 31 years of age. [/p][p]Emma, like thousands of other sufferers fought this horrendous disease on a daily basis, continually exhausted and tired from excessive chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery.[/p][p]In 2003 Emma was diagnosed with [url=https://www.breastcancercare.org.uk/information-support/secondary-metastatic-breast-cancer]Secondary breast cancer[/url] this is when breast cancer cells spread to other parts of the body, most commonly the bones, brain, lungs or liver. It cannot be cured but it can be treated, sometimes for a number of years.[/p][p][b]Two thirds[/b] (66%) of Hospital Trusts in England do not know how many of their patients have incurable secondary breast cancer, according to Breast Cancer Care findings. It’s estimated there are around [b]36,000[/b] people in the UK living with the disease, but with such incomplete data collection, we can’t be sure.[/p][p]Close to [b]half[/b] (42%) of NHS Trusts and Health Boards surveyed by Breast Cancer Care do not provide specialist nursing care for people with incurable breast cancer.[/p][p]St Luke’s Cancer Centre, which is part of the Royal Surrey County Hospital are integral to helping cancer suffers to battle the overwhelming [url=https://www.breastcancercare.org.uk/information-support/facing-breast-cancer/living-beyond-breast-cancer]emotional and physical effects[/url] of the disease which can be long-lasting during and after remission. [/p][p]We possibly can’t comprehend what Emma and many others experience on a daily basis but by entering the Talsiker Whiskey Challenge we intend to promote understanding about breast cancer whilst also raising enough money to help some of the estimated 691,000 people suffering in the UK today.[/p]
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Apr 1, 2019

Rob Hopwood - Prudentia Solutions

Amazing achievement, well done, very inspiring !


Mar 5, 2019

Roger Lane Consulting Ltd

Andy What a phenomenal achievement by you all and your blog of your experiences was riveting. Glad to see you back on terra firma- congratulations and huge respect for a remarkable endeavour well executed.


Feb 11, 2019


Congrats to Andy and the team for completing this awesome and inspiring challenge for such a good cause!

£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid

Feb 7, 2019

Paul and Debbie JC

Dear Andy and team! We have been thinking of you and wishing you all well! What an amazing achievement and experience, huge congratulations to you all! All the best, Debs, Paul, Jake and Ella

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Feb 4, 2019

Sheila P

A simply awesome experience and achievement. Well done Andy B and Team 👍😁


Jan 31, 2019

Calv and Sandra

Nick Great achievement for you and your crew. Massive chuck up, Now back to work .


Jan 29, 2019

June Williams

Well done Andrew! Congratulations to all four of you.

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Jan 26, 2019

Tim Jeffery

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Jan 25, 2019


Well done team what afabulous effort. RSCH Chair

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Jan 25, 2019

Claire Stafford

Awesome effort Andy Burns and team. Well done!!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid