Kelda took on the 3,000 mile challenge with the aim of raising hope in young people facing physical or mental trauma, and to raise awareness about relevant support available.
Each day she was on the ocean she was rowing for a different young person, sharing their stories and links to relevant charities and organisations that provide support.
Charities such as The Teenage Cancer Trust, Kidney Care UK, Limbpower and Help for Heroes have nominated people for Kelda to row for and helped to create a network of support.
We have been building and sharing the stories of all the young people. As a result, we are reaching many young people that are currently feeling isolated and alone, giving them hope, inspiring them to contact support networks and begin to move forwards. This campaign really is making a difference!
Kelda has also raised over £50,000 for Climbing Out, the charity she set up in 2010 that runs 5 day outdoor activity programmes aimed at rebuilding confidence and self esteem in young people facing life changing injury, illness or trauma. You can see more about Climbing Out at http://climbingout.org.uk/ Kelda says “I’ve been on a huge journey myself since my own life changing injury in 2002: a journey that’s included being a member of the GB Paracanoe Squad, setting up the charity Climbing Out, and summiting Aconcagua, the highest peak in South America. I wanted to motivate others to find the same confidence and self belief that I found through my journey... and that’s why I decided to row the Atlantic!”
R2R - The Story:
This really has been something special. We firmly believe that so many young people have connected and been inspired by Row to Raise...
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