Elsa, Josh, Will and Angus are going to be rowing 250km for Hospitality Action.
The hospitality industry has been one of the worst hit by the Coronavirus pandemic. It is estimated that the UK Hospitality industry alone lost £53bn in 2020, over 600,000 jobs, and almost 10,000 licensed premises had to permanently close their doors.
Whilst the vaccine roll out is moving in a positive direction, a return to full hotels, restaurants, bars and events seems unlikely in the near future.
The team taking on this challenge have all worked (or still work) in the Hospitality Industry, and have been devastated to see so many around them who have lost their jobs - which is why they decided to do something a little crazy in order to raise money for the charity that most supports the hospitality sector - Hospitality Action (HA). HA provide a lifeline to people in our industry who needs it, by providing cash grants, dedicated help lines and mental health support to people working in Hospitality.
As a four person crew, the Team will be rowing up the West Coast of Scotland, a distance of over 250km, unsupported, in a 9m ocean rowing boat, all in aid of Hospitality Action.
The West Coast of Scotland will present some of the choppiest waters, unpredictable tides and generally hardest waters to navigate in the UK. Only the most advanced ocean rowers have taken on this challenge.
The crew will be rowing for 72hrs non-stop. They will encounter sleep deprivation, salt sores, muscle deterioration, sea-sickness and even hallucinations.
Apart from one person who will skipper the boat and keep the team safe, the team is made up of Hospitality people who have never rowed in their life!
The great thing about donating to our campaign, apart from the obvious providing support to our very fragile industry, is that we are going to be holding a raffle for anyone who donates £20 or more to our fundraiser.
Here are some of the prizes up for grab:
- A night stay for two and a meal at The NoMad Hotel London (worth over £500!)
- A night stay for two and breakfast at No15 Great Pulteney, a GuestHouse Hotel, in Bath
- £100 voucher and a 3 month coffee subscription from Caravan Restaurants
- 4 course lunch for two with wine pairings at Davies and Brook at Claridge's
- Brunch for 4 at Where The Pancakes Are
- Virtual or Face to Face (your choice!) Wine Tasting at Humble Grape
- Free burgers at Shake Shack
- A SmokeStack 'at home' box worth £100
- Lunch for two at Manteca Soho worth £100
- Dinner for two at Mac & Wild
- One hour session at Sixes Cricket Club with dinner
We will be setting off on our row on April 28th or 29th (depending on weather and tides)- so keep your eyes peeled on instagram's #hosporow where we will be updating you on progress.
And we will announce the winners of the raffle on May 15th- so follow us closely to hear about those too- if you win you will be notified via this platform.
**Remember to put your name and details when donating so that we can contact you- if you donate anonymously we cannot enter you into the raffle**
Wish us luck on our row and please share share share- and THANK YOU for being part of this incredible (and insane!) project!
Elsa, Josh, Will and Angus x