Shrewsbury School

Old Salopians' Atlantic Row update

Friday 6 December 2013

As Christmas approaches and the thoughts of many turn to cosy images of candlelit carol services and chestnuts roasting on an open fire, three Old Salopians are setting off to row across the Atlantic - between them raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity.

Dan Howie (Ch 1998-03) and his friend Will North sent a last message to the Salopian Club just before setting off to row in the Talisker Challenge:

“From us both, a quick message to say THANK YOU VERY MUCH for all of your support over the past two years. At 1pm on Wednesday 4th December, the 3,000 mile race to Antigua will start and we will begin the next phase of this challenge. To date, we have raised £85,000 in order to take part in this adventure through corporate sponsorship, plus we have raised an additional £90,000 for our three charities.”

Their website will be kept up to date with photos and news from life of board. It also includes links for making donations and sending them messages of support

Meanwhile Harry Martin-Dreyer and Alex Bland (both Rt 2000-05), who spoke movingly about their undertaking at the House Singing Competition in October, had hoped to set off on their mammoth journey on 1st December from Gran Canaria. They have been delayed by bad weather conditions, but sent a message to the School this week:

“This message is really to say a big thank you! Without your help and support we would not be here waiting to leave and begin the journey (although it feels getting here was a journey itself), and we would not have raised £126,000 for our two charities; JDRF and Cure Leukaemia. Your generosity means a huge amount to us.”

To follow their progress and to make a donation, please visit

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