One year on from signing the Armed Forces Covenant, EKFB is proud to be a Platinum Partner for the ‘Atlantic Rocks’ charity team – a team made up of RAF Regiment Gunners who are challenging themselves to row 3,200 miles across the Atlantic Ocean, to raise vital funds for five charities close to their hearts.
The purpose of their challenge is to raise money for charitable causes including the ‘Centurion Fund’, ‘Tough Enough to Care’, ‘The Veterans Charity’, ‘SSAFA’ and ‘Mental Health Research UK’.
The challenge is named the ‘C-MAP Atlantic Dash’ which starts from Rubicon Marina in Lanzarote, in January 2024, and concludes at Jolly Harbour in Antigua, the following month.
The team is a crew of four RAF Regiment personnel, of which, one is based at RAF Halton, less than two miles of the EKFB offices in Wendover, however all four have served at RAF Halton previously. Sgt Phil Angus, Sgt Dan Martin, Cpl Justin Wallace and Cpl Gary Binns have spent the past few years planning the crossing and now, it’s finally become a reality.
The Boat, named ‘Sentinel’, is a 29ft purpose-built ocean rowing boat (Rossiter 2) with two sleeping compartments. The team plan on running a three-hours-on and a three-hours-off shift rotation for the entirety of the challenge, weather permitting, and aim to complete the crossing in around 40 days.
This summer, the team has been exceptionally busy, attending air shows, public events, and other outreach activities, to bolster funds to assist in getting them to the start line – to date, the team has raised more than £107,000.
The support provided by EKFB has enabled the team to purchase equipment and supplies for their voyage. Over the next four months, we’ll be following the team’s journey and sharing their progress as they cross the Atlantic. More information can be viewed on their dedicated website: https://Atlantic.rocks, or donate to their JustGiving page by cliking this link: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/atlantic-rocks-1?utm_term=4eb2yAqwE.
EKFB’s Amy Flynn, is proud of the new partnership saying: “After the success of EKFB becoming the second ever joint venture to be awarded with the Silver MOD Employer Recognition Scheme Award and the one-year anniversary of the EKFB Forces Network, this partnership will not only increase our presence within the forces community but also the local community who live closely to our construction works.”