What a launch!

The remarkable turnout on Tuesday night’s fundraiser/farewell party at the RAC was overwhelming to say the least. 300 plus people including a mixture of Sponsors, family and friends braved the London traffic to come and support us and our charity Breast Cancer Care, just 14 days before our departure. The encouragement we received with kind words from so many and with such generous donations to the charity are overwhelming and very much appreciated.

The vast majority of our fantastic London sponsors attended the evening and it was great to talk with as many of them as possible. We are so thankful and lucky to have such a diverse successful group of companies backing us every single one of those 3000 miles. It’s obvious, but we would not be at this stage, about to embark on this adventure of a lifetime without the backing of these companies. So thank you once again.

I have no doubt that when Luke and I inevitably start finding life extremely tough, it will be with the words of the lovely people that we have spoken to along our journey that will lift us out of the pits and spur us on.

2 Boys with Rory Mackenzie who rowed the Atlantic with one leg in 2011 and spoke at the closing ceremony of the Paralympics

2 Boys with Rory Mackenzie who rowed the Atlantic with one leg in 2011 and spoke at the closing ceremony of the Paralympics

Special thanks go out to the Breast Cancer Care crew who lighten the load on our shoulders considerably. We have grown very fond of this lovely bunch of people and working alongside them on this massive fundraising task has been nothing but a pleasure. Also to thank are Adger Brown our charismatic auctioneer for the evening. It’s safe to say that this is a task that can only be completed by a very skilled group of people and we are very thankful to Adger for saving our skin as neither of our fathers were looking forward to the job.

Thank you to Ralph Lauren and dear family friends who donated the amazing auction items which raised nearly £13,000

Richard Jolly from RichardjollyTV has gifted his services on multiple occasions to us and we are so grateful as without his sound and lighting expertise as well as his capability with the camera, we wouldn’t have looked so nice and pretty up on stage and no one at the back would have heard us! So thank you to him. Paul Griffiths the photographer also deserves a big thank you for all his work on the night!

Finally, a huge thumbs up to our speaker Rory McKenzie. I’ve seen very few people talk to large crowds whilst making it appear so effortless. Rory is a man massive in both stature and character and his story is one we can only admire.

Perhaps most of all though, we have our parents to thank for the evening as it only ran as smoothly as it did because of their behind the scenes leg work. Thank you thank you thank you. We love you!


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    Marty Walsh

    7 months ago

    Hi guys,
    Been following you both via Facebook and looks like you’re doing a brilliant job! Knowing you both I have no doubt that once you’re in that boat nothing will stop you making it across. Row fast like tigers!
    I’ll write again before the row but well done thus far already!

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    7 months ago

    Thinking of you about to set off for the last two weeks training. Feel very close to you Luke and will be urging you on all the way! Xxx

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    Flo Gillingham

    7 months ago

    Good Luck!!!!!!

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