Atlantic Body and Soul row the Atlantic Challenge

by Atlantic Body and Soul in Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

Total raised £7,804

£25,000 target 95 days left
31% 111 supporters
Keep what you raise – this project will receive all pledges made by 15th November 2022 at 6:00pm

Help get these heroes to take on the Talisker Atlantic Challenge in support of mental health charities Body & Soul and The Junction

by Atlantic Body and Soul in Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

GAMECHANGER! - Thank you to everyone who has supported and sponsored the crew so far.  We are super-excited to announce they’ve raised the funds needed to buy the boat thanks to a private individual who wishes to remain anonymous.  


This is a game-changer for the crew and brings the total offline donations to £65K.  

We are still working hard to raise the remaining £50,000 - if you can help, please get in touch and/or donate on our Crowdfunding page.  There are rewards on offer that will support the crew to complete the challenge and keep you on board (in a safe and dry kind of way!) in their epic adventure!

REWARDS - The ABS crew have been working on their abs of course.  The training is a big part of the preparation. They have also been working on their fundraising strategy and are delighted to share the rewards on offer in return for your generous donations.  Choose from 'Absolutely oarsome...', 'Row, row, row the boat', 'Become a stowaway!', 'Feed the crew' and 'Bring us sunshine'.

Take a look (to the right or below) and see which appeal to you :).

THE STORY - In December 2022 five men will row across the Atlantic Ocean. They will be setting out on an adventure of a lifetime. Entering to compete in the world renowned Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge and to raise much needed funds for two charities delivering much needed mental health support: 

Body & Soul: a frontline charity that provides practical and therapeutic support for people of all ages who have experienced grave trauma in childhood; and

The Junction: a safe, friendly, confidential centre offering services and  support for young people in Edinburgh aged 12-21. 


Cal, Alec, Ed, Matt and Sean are Atlantic Body and Soul

They met through Eastern Amateur Coastal Rowing Club, (Eastern) - a club all about collective responsibility, trust and balancing competitive team sport with adventure! Values which will definitely be brought to the challenge of crossing the Atlantic ocean this winter.

Read more about the journey here from Cal in the Edinburgh Evening News!

The challenge involves rowing 3000 miles non-stop - each crew member rowing 2 hours on, 2 hours off for as many days as it takes. To do this they need to raise funds to buy a boat to row in and to take part. This fundraising page aims to help them to that. Details of their fundraising goals are set out here - along with words of support from Jed Mercurio, Vicky McClure and Liz McColgan. The aim will be to raise a further £250k for their chosen charities.  Your support at this stage is crucial.

With so many people’s mental health battered by the raging storm of this pandemic, and so much wider attention on discord and difference, it’s fitting that Body & Soul and The Junction exist to build connection and find common ground. Building resilience and a sense of togetherness are going to be the very qualities that the Atlantic Body & Soul crew will need on their voyage.

Never Give Up.



This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£5,000 or more

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Absolutely oarsome...

Snap up a limited edition oar. Send us your company logo and we will row your branded oar across the Atlantic and give it to you as a reminder of the adventure you enabled and the difference you made in tackling the effects of childhood trauma. Do contact [email protected] with any questions - otherwise, we will be in touch by May 22 to make arrangements. NB - if an oar snaps in the crossing, a replacement oar will be sourced.

£50 or more

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Bring us sunshine with a solar panel

Each boat needs 100 solar panels to power essential equipment for navigation, communication and water supplies to ensure the safety and welfare of the crew. Sponsoring a panel will keep the crew well, on course and in touch with the TWAC safety crew – and their families and loved ones. Without them, they would be completely at sea. Your reward will be a VIP invitation to a post-row talk and presentation in 2023 to hear all about it.

£100 or more

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Feed the crew for a day

Despite aiming to complete the challenge in 36 days, the crew need to take 55 days worth of supplies with them. They will need to eat 8,000 calories a day – much of this from rehydrated meals at £20 per person per day. Please sponsor them to keep their energy levels up and keep the rowing going. Your reward will be knowing that your donation is fuelling their heroic efforts AND an invitation to a post-row talk in 2023 to hear all about it.

£250 or more

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Become a Stowaway!

Do you want to join the crew as they row across the Atlantic?! Send us a photo or your company logo and we will create a special stowaway sticker so that you are with them every stroke of the way. With 50 stowaways on each cabin, Matt, Sean, Cal, Ed and Alec will be spurred on by images of their supporters when the going gets tough. We will be in touch for your image or logo - please make sure you provide your email address.

£1,000 or more

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Row, row, row the boat

We are delighted to offer 5 opportunities for two people to join the crew for a 3 hour trip in August 2022. - Life jackets will be provided - Participants must be over 18, able to swim and in good health - Evening and weekend options available The crew will be in touch by May to arrange dates and make the other necessary arrangements. Please do provide your email address.

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