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Fundraising cab drivers to row the Atlantic

A group of four fundraising London cab drivers plan to row 3,200 miles across the Atlantic to raise £12,000 for charity

In 2023, a group of four London cab drivers will attempt to row, 3,200 miles from Lanzarote to Antigua to raise money for the Taxi Charity for Military Veterans, The Stroke Association and a Tanzanian orphanage.

Cabbies, Daren Parr 55, John Dillane 57, Bob Barber 56 and Stuart Lockhart 49 have already raised over £25,000 for good causes, but this challenge is in another league and will push the team to their limit.

London cab driver, Daren Parr, said: “The ‘Cabbies Do Kilimanjaro’ team began fundraising in 2019 and having now done two climbs in Tanzania, we wanted a much bigger test this time. So, our next challenge is a bit of a whopper to say the least. Rowing the Atlantic will certainly be an adventure, a mammoth challenge and will give us the experience of a lifetime. The team will now be known as ‘Cabbies Do Atlantic Row’ and our first job is a pretty important one - to learn how to row!”

London cab driver, John Dillane, said: “We will be unsupported at sea and ‘unsupported’ means exactly that. We will be rowing for about 60 days, two hours on, two hours off, 24 hours a day. Although we will have access to 24-hour medical support via a satellite phone, there’s no popping into A&E if we have an emergency. It could take up to five days for urgent help to arrive should we need it! We will need to consume 5,000 calories a day and we will lose about a stone during the challenge. Our food will come in dehydrated bags and will need to be re-hydrated as and when we need it. Everything we need will be on board, including a sophisticated desalination unit. Removing salt from ocean water will be very important to us and will be our only source of water!”

Daren Parr continued: “A fellow cab driver, who originally came up with this mad idea, had a stroke last year. His recovery has been slow, so as well as fundraising for charity, we are doing this row to raise the profile of strokes and to persuade other cabbies to consider leading healthier lifestyles.”

Dick Goodwin, vice president of the Taxi Charity, said: “In 2019, these cabbies raised £18,000 for us when they climbed Kilimanjaro, and in early 2022, they climbed Kilimanjaro and Meru and raised £7,000 for the London Taxi Drivers’ Charity for Children. This challenge is unbelievable, and I must admit I did think they were joking when they first told us of their plans. However, London cab drivers are made of strong stuff, and I am confident that they will reach Antigua!”

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Top: London cab drivers Daren Parr and Stuart Lockhart

About Cabbie do Atlantic Row

London cab drivers Daren Parr, John Dillane, Bob Barber and Stuart Lockhart will attempt to row the Atlantic from Lanzarote to Antigua in 2023. As ‘Cabbies Do Kilimanjaro’, they raised £18,000 for the Taxi Charity when they climbed Kilimanjaro in 2019, and in February 2022, they climbed Kilimanjaro and Meru and raised £8,000 for the London Taxi Drivers’ Charity for Children and a Tanzanian orphanage.

The Atlantic Row was the idea of a fellow cabbie who suffered a stroke in 2021. The team hope to raise the profile of this condition, especially among London cab drivers. Money raised from this challenge will be split between the Taxi Charity for Military Veterans, The Stroke Association and a Tanzanian Orphanage near Arusha.

The ‘Cabbies Do Atlantic Row’ team is being supported by Avon Marina who is providing a Scud Ocean Rowing boat for the Atlantic Dash ocean rowing race and Monkey First Adventures who will be offering advice about the challenge.

About the Stroke Association

Every five minutes strokes destroy lives. The Stroke Association is there to help rebuild them.

About the Huruma Orphanage

The Huruma Orphanage is on the outskirts of Arusha and is home to 33 children. The land the orphanage is built on has been sold and they need to raise $15,000 to secure new land for a permanent home.


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