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 Atlantic Challenge – an astounding solo row of 3,000 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 encourage more young people to speak up about mental health worries, and in his bid to raise tens of thousands of pounds for his chosen charities, it’s a trial he is willing to face.
The Boat of Hope Build-up
The campaign will including: 1. A 30 Day 'Boat Pull' with the Her Majesty The Queen's Armed Forces at Ministry of Defence Base, Lyneham in Wiltshire on 1st April 2022, with some very special guests joining him through the 30 days of the #BoatOfHOPE 'Boat Pull'. 2. 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. 3. A #BoatOfHOPE Exhibition in the UK's largest Cathedral in June 2023.
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.