Wildstone are proud to be the sponsors of The Cockleshell Endeavour 2022 in support of The Royal Marines Charity. Mick Dawson, a former Royal Marine and one of the most experienced ocean rowers in the world, together with blind veteran Steve Sparkes will be kayaking 650 miles to mark 40 years since the Falklands conflict, while raising money for the charity.
On April 2nd, Mick and “Sparky” started their 650-mile paddle at the Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge, Scotland, aiming to arrive at the Yomper statue in Southsea on June 14th, the exact duration of the Falklands War, 40 years ago.
The Cockleshell team will travel as much of the journey as possible by kayak, firstly in the sea along the west coast of Scotland, and then using the UK's canal system. They will be joined on this journey by fellow Falklands veterans, recording their stories as they go. They will also be speaking to those most affected by the war, from the families living in the Falklands at the time to those who fought alongside Mick and their families.
The Cockleshell Endeavour was launched in 2015 by Mick Dawson and is a resource to help recovering veterans back onto the path to recovery. Using expeditions, races and adventures as a tool to plan a way forward through whatever challenges they may face, be it physical or mental health.
The Royal Marines Charity offers lifelong support to the Royal Marines, enabling Marines and their families to overcome their challenges, from life-changing injury or limiting illness, to mental health issues, transition to civilian life and even poverty.
You can support the Cockleshell Endeavour here.