2 men, 3,246 miles, 55 days, 1 world record row for short and precious lives

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By CHSW_ | Wednesday, October 02, 2013, 16:50

Could you embark on a feat of courage and resilience by rowing from New York to the Isles of Scilly? Two men, Chris Walters & Elliot Dale, will spend roughly 55 days rowing over 3000 miles. 

Next June, Chris and Elliott hope that with this challenge they will break a world record that has stood for around 100 years. They have set themselves this enormous task to raise funds for Children's Hospice South West- a charity close to their hearts. Every personal challenge they overcome will make a huge difference to families and children at Little Harbour in Cornwall. 

Children's Hospice South West has three hospices – Little Bridge House in Devon, Charlton Farm in Somerset and Little Harbour near St Austell at Porthpean. Life limited children, their parents and siblings receive vital care and support in a home from home setting.

On a recent visit to Little Bridge House Chris and Elliott were struck by the daily challenges faced by the families and knew their next challenge would be to help in whatever way they could. "For a challenge such as this we will have to prepare both physically and mentally. We will spend many hours in a small boat in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean but when we're at a low point we will think back to the families and the children and what we're enduring is nothing in comparison."

Families who use the facilities provided by Children's Hospice South West say "It's a place where a precious child is cared for with as much love and compassion as a parent could offer." "This is not a place that concentrates on death but rather making the most of life, however short", comments that make the challenge more poignant for Chris and Elliott.

Alana Marie Smith, Director of fundraising at Children's Hospice South West says: "Rowing the Atlantic Ocean has to be one of the most daring and exhilarating challenges any of our supporters has undertaken for us and is exceptionally courageous. We are very grateful to Chris and Elliott for embarking on this record breaking attempt to benefit our families. They will experience a pattern of sleep not dissimilar to that our families face with the daily care of their life-limited child – 2 hours on and 2 hours off. We want to wish them all the very best of luck and perfect weather conditions to bring them home safe." 

Look out for further updates from the Little Harbour team about this incredible challenge where the Isles of Scilly will be hosting the end of the row and welcoming the rowers back to dry land. 

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