George Biggar, Peter Robinson, Dicky Taylor and Stuart Watts are life-long friends who have been inspired to row 3,000 miles of unforgiving ocean to raise £100,000 for two charities that are exceptionally close to their collective hearts – MIND and Spinal Research. However, the enormity of the task they have set themselves cannot be underestimated – more people have travelled into space or climbed Mount Everest than have rowed the Atlantic.
NRL’s sponsorship of the team will contribute to the invaluable work of both MIND and Spinal Research. MIND has been committed to transforming the lives of those affected by mental illness for over 65 years whilst Spinal Research funds vital developments in the treatment of spinal cord injuries.
NRL Group CEO Andrew Redmayne comments ‘I am personally thrilled to support such a fantastic endeavour. The commitment The Four Oarsmen have already shown to the Challenge is incredible and it is only going to intensify. Remember, all four of the team will be juggling their day jobs, training and fundraising. At NRL we will be watching their progress closely and cheering them on once the race starts. Most importantly, we look forward to welcoming them home safe and sound.’
Andrew’s sentiments are echoed by George Biggar ‘On behalf of all of the Oarsmen, I would like to thank Andrew and NRL for their support and encouragement. We have an exceptionally tough task ahead of us on all fronts but we know we owe it to our chosen charities to rigorously train and prepare to the absolute best of our abilities. We are all focussed on December with an ever-changing mix of apprehension and excitement.’
Andrew also had the pleasure of meeting the Oarsmen recently before they embarked on two weeks of intensive training in Devon to complete a Sea Survival and Ocean Rowing Course, one of many gruelling preparation sessions designed to physically and mentally ready the team for the challenge ahead.
The team is also planning various charity events during 2017, including a number of 24-hour rows and an auction and dinner, in order to achieve their fundraising targets.
For more information on The Four Oarsmen or to support their fundraising activities, please visit www.thefouroarsmen.com.