For immediate release on 30 January 2015 at 8.30am Rebecca@uniqueprandmarketing.co.uk / 07971 939644
Brighton based former Royal Marines launch Falklands endeavour
Last night (29th January) two Brighton based former Royal Marines officially launched their bid to kayak the 650 miles of unforgiving coastline of the Falkland Islands.
At the officially launch party in The Victoria Bar, Brighton Pier, Mick Dawson and Steve Grenham announced that they will undertake a daunting circumnavigation of the Falkland Islands in kayaks in February 2016. This challenge is set to take about 30 days and will see the Falkland veterans tackle freezing conditions, wildlife including sharks and whales, and unexploded mines left over from the conflict.
Last night’s event was attended by friends and family of Mick and Steve but also Brighton based businesses and individuals who are supporting the endeavour through the provision of sponsorship and training support.
The physical challenges of this endeavour start long before February 2016 however. Before they embark on this endeavour, the pair will complete a number of steadily increasing challenges, including competing in The Devizes to Westminster Canoe/Kayak race in April 2015, The Yukon River Quest in June of 2015, a circumnavigation of The Isle of Mann and then a circumnavigation of Ireland in August 2015.
The challenge, titled The Cockleshell Endeavour, is not just designed to test the pair physically, however. Mick and Steve will be using the next 18 months to highlight and explore the issues of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Steve Grenham has been fighting a long battle with the condition and has struggled to find an effective treatment. It is hoped that the Cockleshell Endeavour will create a structure and purpose that will help him on the road to recovery as he meets the incredible demands of this challenge, whilst also putting a spotlight on the hugely relevant subject of PTSD as a whole in the service community.
The Cockleshell Endeavour will also be raising funds Care After Combat, a new charity which aims to support veterans affected by their experiences of serving in the armed forces.
Mick Dawson has twice rowed the Atlantic Ocean and, five years ago, was one half of the only crew to have ever successfully rowed the Pacific Ocean. He says:
“Last night marked the official launch of the Cockleshell Endeavour and Steve and I were able to outline exactly what lay ahead for us over the next 14 months. Although the end goal is to kayak around the Falkland Islands next spring, we have some incredibly demanding training challenges to face first including a circumnavigation of Ireland this summer.
“The Cockleshell Endeavour will really push us to the limits, both physically and mentally. Over the next year we will have to ensure are bodies are up to the challenge but also prepare for around four weeks in very unforgiving conditions.
“Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is something suffered by potentially thousands of forces veterans across the UK but there is very little knowledge or understanding of it. Through the Cockleshell Endeavour we hope to raise awareness of the illness and raise much needed funds for those charities already supporting the Armed Forces community affected by it.”