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Adventurer Mark Delstanche rowed from New York to London to raise funds for Global’s Make Some Noise

13 July 2021, 17:32 | Updated: 20 September 2021, 11:31

Heart reporter

By Heart reporter

Mark rowed solo and unsupported from New York to London to raise money for Global’s Make Some Noise - and is the first person in history to do so.

One brave Heart listener took on a never-before-done challenge to support our charity, Global's Make Some Noise.

Mark Delstanche has rowed - alone - from New York to London! An adventure that took him FIVE MONTHS to complete.

Mark set off from the Statue of Liberty and headed out in to the North Atlantic, facing everything that the ocean could throw at him until finally reached his destination by passing under Tower Bridge 5 months later!

Mark spent 12-14 hours per day in the rowing seat, taking around 15,000 strokes per day which amounted to in excess of a staggering 2,000,000 strokes to reach his destination.

Mark made it to Tower Bridge from New York
Mark made it to Tower Bridge from New York. Picture: Heart

Mark has now made it to the end of his journey. But he proved that this is no easy feat, having faced his boat capsizing due to enormous currents, technical issues, and leak in his emergency water supply.

After making it to Cornwall on the last leg of the row, he caught up with JK and Kelly to let them know how he was going, and how much each donation was spurring him on to get to the finish line.

Whilst at sea, Mark not only faced the physical challenge of rowing in huge seas for many hours every day and the ever present risk of being capsized but also the the psychological battles that came with isolation in adverse conditions.

By the shortest route, this would have been a journey of around 7000km however, wind, currents and diversions for weather increased the total to well beyond this figure.

Congratulations to Mark who rowed from New York to London for GMSN
Congratulations to Mark who rowed from New York to London for GMSN. Picture: Heart
Mark practising off the coast of New York
Mark practising off the coast of New York. Picture: GMSN

Mark took on this jaw dropping challenge to raise money for Heart’s charity Global’s Make Some Noise and you can support Mark.

If you’re able to give, please...

  • Text MARK5 to 70766 to donate £5
  • Text MARK10 to donate £10
  • Text MARK20 to donate £20

100% of your donation will go to Global’s Make Some Noise. If you’re under 16 please ask the bill payer’s permission first.

Standard network charges may apply. Ts&Cs are at makesomenoise.com.

You can also donate online here.

By sponsoring Mark’s row and donating to Global’s Make Some Noise you’ll be helping to make a difference in your community and across the UK.