Mental health issues need better acknowledgment and assistance for those who need it – I’m proud to be supporting the great work of Mind and Combat Stress, by raising funds and awareness (particularly that help for those in need is available). I’m also passionate about looking after the environment that will be our home for the duration, and am therefore very happy be raising awareness and funds for the Marine Conservation Society.
Having spent 7 years in the British Army, my body’s catalogue of residual aches and pains can attest to me having tackled a few arduous trials in the past! I am (or at least was) comfortable with being uncomfortable; cold, wet, tired and hungry – however, I am expecting this challenge to be on a new scale, with little (no) respite until we reach dry land – I’m hoping that my body can sustain one more time. I have been unwittingly preparing for the calorie deficit of this challenge for several years!
I have a great affinity with the water, whether it’s sailing, scuba or surfing – although not as often as I would like, and I’m particularly bad at the latter! I’m also part of Trinity House’s rowing team (Trinity Tide) and have been part of the crew that won the Great River Race in a number of categories, and been involved in a 100 mile charity row. However, rowing in and across an ocean is completely different proposition!
Away from the water, I like cricket and love rugby (watching, not playing any more) and am a season ticket holder for Harlequins, the best club in the world! I currently work in emergency planning and response – during this campaign, I’m going to be taking a particular and vested interest in the former in the hope that we can minimise the latter!
I’ve always loved being on or near the water and hope I’ll be saying the same after weeks on end of seeing nothing but the deep blue!
I’m excited, and a little scared, but the thought of not doing it is much, much worse.
The sleep deprivation, leaving loved ones behind, the fear of what lies ahead and more to the point what lies beneath, all add up to what I know will be the hardest mental challenge I’ve ever faced.