20 May 2021

Fundraising extraordinaire Ian rows Atlantic for the Trust

Atlantic rower and Trust volunteer completes incredible 3,000-mile ocean crossing and raises thousands of pounds for the Trust

Superstar fundraiser, Ian Kentfield, has raised over £10,000 for the Trust after spending 42 days rowing across the Atlantic Ocean.

The 59-year-old lifeboatman from Lyme Regis set off from the Canary Islands with his 11 teammates on March 22 and landed in Antigua on May 3, over 3,000 miles away.

He and his crew rowed three hours on, three hours off, against unfavourable winds. Despite lots of preparation for the trip’s physical toil, he was caught off guard by how mentally challenging the feat would be. After a week at sea, he began to adapt, powering on to complete the magnificent fundraising effort.

Talking to Lyme Online about why he chose to raise money for the Trust, he said: “Over the last five years my family and I have personally experienced the trauma and heartache cancer causes when it comes visiting.

“I’m a lifelong sailor and I had the privilege of crewing one of their trips last year. During it, I saw first-hand the massive positive impact a trip with the Trust had on children and youngster who are facing the ordeal of being a cancer patient.”

All of us here at the Trust send our gratitude and a massive thank you to Ian’s amazing accomplishment!

Ian’s JustGiving page is still live if you would like to sponsor his success: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ian-kentfield