Tuesday July 14, 2015

RIFT Group has announced it is backing two Kent men’s epic 3000-mile Atlantic rowing challenge, joining the growing list of sponsors for the £250,000 charity fundraising voyage.

The Atlantic Challenge Boat outside RIFT Group Offices.On Friday staff at the company got a sneak preview of the rowing boat enroute to it’s next fit out, from the men that will make the crossing from the Canary Islands to Antigua.

Bradley Post, RIFT Group’s Commercial Director, said: “It was very exciting for us all to see the actual boat they will sail in and meet the rowers. It made us really feel we are now part now of what will be a super effort.”

Dan Parsons, a former Simon Langton Boys School, Canterbury boy, and Olly Clark, an ex-St Edmunds School Canterbury boy, and a current member of the armed forces, expect to face raging seas, howling winds and sharks on the Atlantic Challenge.

The pair, who teamed up at Loughborough University, have been training hard as they aim to win the race and break the world record for a pairs boat crossing.

They are raising money for the Army Benevolent Fund, the soldiers’ charity, RIFT’s chosen charity for over 10 years, as well as Prostate Cancer UK. RIFT Group makes a donation to the Army Benevolent Fund for every successful MoD tax return claim made and has so far donated over £68,000 to the charity in the two years it has been working with the Ministry of Defence sector.

Bradley Post, said: “We are very proud to be supporting the boys’ Atlantic Challenge. It’s a fantastic effort from a Kent based duo and a logical extension of our support for the soldiers’ charity.”

The team’s cross-Atlantic bid has even captured the attention of entrepreneur adventurer Richard Branson who has pledged £10,000 to Prostate Cancer UK in support of the mission.

For more details about Atlantic Challenge, go to www.atlantic-row.com. To contact the rowers, follow them on Twitter @RowAtlantic2015 or email info@atlantic-row.com.

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