Boat of Hope
Many aspects of young people's lives have been impacted by the pandemic. With social distancing restrictions in place, and schools being closed at many points during the year, they've had far less access to their friends and the vital emotional support that socialising at or outside of school brings. In fact, research has revealed that, in the second UK national lockdown, many young people experienced increased symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Determined to make a difference, British Charity Guru, Social Entrepreneur and Adventurer Bernie Hollywood OBE will be taking on the world's toughest rowing challenge, bringing hope to the young people who have been battling with mental health issues as he raises funds and awareness for their struggles.
One man; one boat; 3,000 miles of ocean
63-year-old Bernie faces an incredible feat as he takes on the renowned Talisker Whisky Challenge – an astounding solo row of 3,000 nautical miles across the Atlantic Ocean – in support of mental health charity Samaritans and British Rowing Charitable Foundation, LOVE Rowing. Bernie's endeavour will be a beacon of hope to any young people who have faced mental health difficulties. His journey across the Atlantic on a single rowing boat – appositely named, the Boat of Hope – will act as a powerful metaphor for life’s highs and lows, ups and downs.
The gruelling challenge will push Bernie to extremes physically and mentally, as he spends up to 90 days rowing completely unsupported, putting his endurance and mental resilience to the test. In his quest to help raise over £1 million for both of his chosen charities, it’s a trial he is willing to face.
The Boat of Hope Build-up
Bernie’s preparation for his Boat of Hope adventure will take almost two years, and with the help of his partners and supporters in the Boat of Hope team, he will raise awareness for the crucial work of both charities, reaching an audience of millions worldwide.
With the campaign including a tour of schools across the UK, Bernie’s journey will touch the lives of thousands of young people even before he sets off at sea.
To keep up to date with the latest news on Bernie’s adventures, follow him and the Boat of Hope on social media, and visit the Boat of Hope website regularly.