In spring 2017 two former Royal Marines and Falkland Island veterans, Mick Dawson and Steve Grenham, successfully completed a challenging circumnavigation of part of the Falkland Isles in kayaks, 35 years after the duo both served in the Falklands War.
The goals of the project reached far beyond the physical though; Mick and Steve used this challenge to highlight and explore the issues of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder amongst the former military community. Steve has been fighting a long battle with the condition and has struggled to find an effective treatment.
Now that the Falkland’s kayak has been completed, Mick and Steve will be using their own experiences to provide a structure to support other veterans with PTSD or other physical or mental health issues. The Cockleshell Endeavour is now linked with the Royal Marines Charity via one of their many sports associations, the Royal Marines Kayaking Association
The Cockleshell Endeavour team would be interested to hear from anyone in the service community former or serving who’d like to take part in an event, paddling a folding tandem kayak, starting with next year’s Devizes to Westminster. We will be raising funding for the Royal Marines Charity, as well as other worthy causes that make a real difference to the lives of so many.
We’ll be actively looking for individuals and sponsors to support our teams during the races and expeditions they take part in.
Why the Cockleshell Endeavour? For the history behind the name, click here
To support the Cockleshell Endeavour and donate to The Royal Marines Charity, please visit the Cockleshell Endeavour Just Giving Page or TEXT CSEN51 plus the amount to 70070. For example, to donate £25, text CSEN51 £25 to 70070.