I am currently part of an expedition aiming to row the arctics Northwest Passage. www.nwp2021.com
The arctic's climate is changing and its ice is retreating across the ocean, which is now open to more and more sea based traffic.
The marine life is coming under more pressure from the activities of mankind and so it seemed only right for us to support marine based conservation.
We are therefore delighted to be supporting www.bigblueoceancleanup.org one of the world’s leading ocean clean up non-profits who help keep the oceans clean, protect vulnerable marine animals, provide free educational resources, research ocean pollution for policy change and support the development of innovative technologies.
In 2020 , as part of the Northwest Passage 2021 team, I ate, slept and rowed in my garage 24 /7 for 14 days to raise money for a number of charities that support the NHS in the community, but were facing a reduction in donations due to the cancellation of mass participation sporting events caused by the COVID 19 lockdown.
As a team we rowed the distance of the Northwest Passage, 3,218 km, on concept 2 rowing machines in our garage, the #RowinaGarage. As most of the team were still working, four as medics, I decided to row 12 hours each day in shifts of 2 hours rowing 2 hours off and the rest of the team between them rowed the other 12 hours of each day. Over the 14 days I rowed 1,074 km.
It was a great team effort, which raised £3,000 for four charities, the Stroke Association, Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care, St Oswald's Hospice and Mind.
In 2017 I took time out from business to lead Team Tyne Innovation row 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean in the 2018 Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.
Together with Claire Hughes, Alan Huntly and Steve Sidawa, I completed the race in 42 days 10 hours and 26 minutes, a world record for a mixed four