Inspired, originally by a book by 'Jim Shekdhar' stumbled upon in 'Booth's Bookshop' in Hay on Wye. Rowing seemed something most people could tackle and learn along the way. Soon after reading the book an 'Atlantic Crossing' was completed by a family friend and ex Commando Engineer 'Charlie Martell'. His successful crossing made it seem a little more possible..
I had put all thoughts of rowing an ocean to one side for more than a decade; a young family and the usual excuses. Two years ago India, a teenage daughter of close friends, was diagnosed with a brain tumour. She battled this illness for two years; fiercely independent and continually uncomplaining, she was a remarkable person who showed incredible courage and dignity.
After visiting her and her family at the hospice, I began to think about how I could raise some money for Brain Research. I remembered the ocean row I had once considered doing and, witnessing India's bravery, it made me think that perhaps I could actually tackle something this big!
I was able to tell India, in the weeks before she died, that she had inspired me to row an ocean . I hope that we can inspire others to tackle and take on new challenges when battling adversity, as she did throughout her life.
Please watch and share the inspirational film she made, with help from the hospice, that was shown at her memorial service.
It must be noted that 'Blue' had little hesitation in agreeing to come along and help make the journey more possible. It will enable him to hopefully raise some substantial sponsorship funds for 'Jo's Cervical Trust' after the care and support he and his young family recieved.