Leeds architect Patrick Barrett and his son Jonny will be taking on a 200 mile challenge to row from Ibiza to Barcelona next weekend (29th July – 1st August).
They will face three days and nights of non-stop ocean rowing, pitted in a race against five other crews.
The pair and their three team mates, Jonny Marson, Toby Hanson and Charlie Wardroper, are hoping to raise £25,000 for the ‘NOMAN Is An Island’ charity – an organisation that raises awareness of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) related cancer in men and women while campaigning for universal vaccination.
The race will be a test of endurance for the rowers as they will have to combat the blistering sun, fierce winds, fatigue and sea sickness.
Patrick said: “This is the biggest sporting challenge any of us have attempted. We know it will be physically and mentally demanding but we have been preparing for over 12 months with fitness regimes, sea survival and navigation training and can’t wait to get going now.
“We have had the most amazing support from people who have heard about our ultra-row with donations of rowing equipment, supplies and cash. We have raised £15,000 so far but really want to hit our target of £25,000. It’s for a really important cause; all the money we raise will go to eradicating HPV related cancers.”
Patrick is the managing director of Barrett & Barrett Architects based at Morwick Hall, York Road, Leeds, LS15 4TA.
To make a donation visit pledgit.net and type in Patrick Barrett.