Harry & Alex reflect on passing £150,000

6th March 2014

Having arrived back in Barbados on Saturday February 1st, after rowing for 50 days and 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean, Harry and Alex were delighted to pass the £150,000 fundraising mark!

Harry Martin-Dreyer and Alex Bland left their successful London jobs to take on one of the most physical and mental tests of human endurance to raise money for Cure Leukaemia and JDRF, the type 1 diabetes charity. Their initial target was £100,000 which was smashed prior to setting off on their journey and the boys reflected on their achievement...


Harry Martin-Dreyer,


"I remember sitting in Twickenham discussing with Alex what our charitable fundraising target should be. We ended up going with £100,000 mainly because we had had a few beers and it was a nice round number.


To have reached and exceeded it, is really beyond our initial expectations and a demonstration of people generosity, particularly when an important cause is highlighted for them.


This money and much more needs to be raised every year though. I will not be rowing across the Atlantic again so I hope there is someone that will pick up the mantle. Maybe you?"


Alex Bland,


“To row an ocean is a challenge that makes one appreciate what it is to live a healthy normal life. Life onboard our little rowing boat was at times extremely difficult and I am delighted now to be off it.


Unfortunately, for those suffering from Leukaemia and Type 1 diabetes it is not so easy or simply not possible to get off the boat. That is why I am delighted to have been able to raise such a phenomenal sum of money for two great causes.


Since starting out on this campaign a year ago I have been astounded on a daily basis by the incredible generosity that so many people have shown and having seen firsthand the amazing work that Cure Leukaemia and JDRF are doing in their respective fields, I know that it will be money well spent."


Could you be the next person to take on an epic challenge to raise money for Cure Leukaemia? If so, we'd love to hear from you...email joe@cureleukaemia.co.uk or call 0121 236 9202


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