Will you get behind the Grandads of the Atlantic?
This time next year, two Army veterans, Peter Ketley and Neil Young will be preparing to face storms, salt rashes and sleep deprivation as they undertake the colossal task of rowing (yes, ROWING…) 3,000 miles across the Atlantic from the Canary Islands to Antigua.
The ‘Grandads of the Atlantic’ will be the oldest pair to take on this challenge, with a combined age of 123 when they start!
So why are they doing this…? Age has not dampened their Parachute Regiment spirit of determination, courage and derring-do. More importantly, the Grandads want to raise £250,000 for worthy causes, including Dreams Come True.
Firstly, however the Grandads need to raise enough money to fund their endeavour. Apart from the boat, they need to buy specialist equipment, clothing and rations to survive 50+ days alone at sea and row for 24 hours a day in two hour shifts.
Having only launched their campaign in August, they have already raised 50% of what they need from corporate sponsors but need to find the rest by the end of the year. Therefore, they recently launched a crowdfunding page.
The Grandads are calling on all supporters to help them with the final push for funding by either donating or sharing their story.
The news of this incredible endeavour starting to spread… They recently received a glowing endorsement from legendary Atlantic rower and sailor, Sir Chay Blyth (a fellow Parachute Regiment veteran).
“Paras share a common bond, that of determination, tenacity, discipline and courage. This tells me that Neil and Peter already have the qualities to succeed.
The Grandads have my total support in their Atlantic Challenge and I will be following their progress closely.”
If you would like to get behind the Grandad’s campaign, please visit www.grandadsoftheatlantic.com. You can also follow their progress on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.