Milland’s Harry Wentworth-Stanley who lost his brother to suicide is taking on a gruelling challenge to mark the tenth anniversary of his death.
Harry, son of Clare Milford-Haven and Nick Wentworth-Stanley is taking on the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge with three friends rowing 3,000 miles, 24 hours of rowing a day, across the Atlantic.
They are taking on the feat in December in aid of the James Wentworth-Stanley Memorial Fund to raise awareness of depression, anxiety and suicide in young people and in particular young men.
Captain of the team, Harry lost his brother James at the age of 21 and says the challenge will live up to his outgoing and adventurous side.
“If James was still alive he would have been top of my list of people to row an ocean with,” said Harry.
“He had an amazing thirst for adventure and would always push himself to new limits – rowing the Atlantic has his name written all over it! In the weeks and months before he died I had no idea that, behind his cheery grin, James was hurting. I also had no idea suicide is the biggest killer of young men in this country. James is my inspiration for taking on this challenge – both to do him proud and to raise money in his name to help prevent others from suicide. When times are tough during our crossing he will inspire me to push on and keep going.”
Harry’s team will be one of 20 from around the world competing to cross in the fastest time.
The voyage is considered to be one of the world’s toughest challenges, pushing those who attempt it to their limits. Many more people have climbed Everest, reached the North Pole or ventured into space than have successfully rowed the Atlantic.
‘Row For James’ have set themselves the target of winning this year’s race and will be competing in the same boat rowed to victory by ‘Ocean Reunion’ in the 2015 race.
The Row For James team is aiming to raise more than £300,000 for the fund which will be put towards the process of setting up the first in a series of non-clinical crisis centres for those at high risk of suicide, to be known as ‘James’s Place’ – a service that does not currently exist in the UK.
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