Oliver Chantler, a Commercial Executive at Meadow Foods, is embarking on a mission with eleven of his friends to row the Irish sea in July 2018 for #Row4ACure.
Starting at Arklow, Ireland with the finishing line at Abersoch, Oliver and his friends will be rowing over an impressive 80 nautical miles. Battling the famously choppy waters between Wales and Ireland, the challenge is suspected to take well over a day to complete – and the team will be on the move continually, rotating between rowing, coxing and resting. A monumental task for seasoned rowers, neither Oliver or any of the other participants have ever rowed in their lives!
Oliver will be battling the elements all in aid of Prostate Cancer UK, as the leader of the charity group Adam Churton’s father, James, was diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer in 2010. Due to the incredible advances in research and treatment, James is still going strong today – proof of the need for support to discover further treatments.
Their aim is to raise £50,000 to help continue the advances in medical treatments for patients of prostate cancer, and give more families the chance to fight back! Here at Meadow Foods, we think that this is an incredible cause and that Oliver’s efforts are more than worthy of our support – which we why we have sponsored the #Row4ACure team to help them on their way to completing this fantastic challenge.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK, with over 40,000 new cases diagnosed every year. It is now the third biggest killer in the UK, claiming over approximately 11,819 lives each year. Prostate Cancer UK has a simple ambition – to stop men from dying from prostate cancer.
Training is already well underway for the challenge, with the team working together and individually throughout the upcoming months. A couple of weeks ago Oliver joined a team training session at Abersoch where they learnt the ropes and got to grips with the technical basics of rowing as a team.
We caught up with Oliver to learn more and see how he’s getting on: “This is definitely the biggest physical challenge of our lives. The Irish Sea can be a rough ride, and not only are we having to increase our strength and stamina, but we’re also having to learn to push our bodies through a huge period of no resting. But at the end of the day, this is nowhere even close to the challenge of living with and battling prostate cancer – which I think is the thought which will give us strength when times get tough.”
You can keep up to date with Oliver and the team’s progress on their website, and if you would like to donate towards their cause and help the fight against prostate cancer, you can do so at their JustGiving page – any donation big or small can make a huge difference to those that are struck by this terrible disease.