£10,000 for the Ocean Brothers

On Thursday 18 January, half-brothers Greg and Jude, a.k.a.The Ocean Brothers, set off across the Atlantic, unaccompanied, to raise money for the British Skin Foundation. Inspired by their bravery and audacity, we were moved to support their fundraising efforts by donating a luxury Corsica villa holiday for auction, and adding a further £1 for every booking made while they're at sea. We're delighted to announce that just over £10,000 has now been raised, and with a few more weeks left till journey's end, we'll keep adding to the funds until they are safely on dry land once more.

Read about what motivated this epic challenge below.

In August 2015, Greg Bailey and Jude Massey lost their father and stepfather after a 16-year battle with skin cancer. In his memory, they will be rowing across the second largest ocean in the world, covering 25 miles a day and battling 30-foot waves to raise awareness and money for essential research into the disease.

With no back up, they are rowing from Gran Canaria to Barbados, all the while focused on their target to raise £100,000 for the BSF. Endorsed by Bear Grylls, Sir Chay Blyth and Sir Ranulph Fiennes, the duo have undertaken a rigorous training programme to prepare them for the 3,000-mile crossing of continuous, unaccompanied rowing.

This is no small undertaking, with the risks ranging from sea sickness and equipment breakages to large marine animals and potential hurricanes. We felt the least we could do was sponsor them, so in addition to donating a luxury holiday in Corsica for the Gala Dinner & Charity Auction which took place at Chewton Glen in November, we're also boosting funds with £1 for every holiday booking made until they complete their journey.

How three primary schoolers helped create a partnership

In July 2017, Greg and Jude were publicising their good cause at the Hampshire County Show and were noticed by the children and nephew of our Managing Director, David Bence.

George, Millie and Sam, all under ten, were so inspired by what they heard that they decided to take action. They set up a stall on the street selling cakes, sweets and toys to raise money for The Ocean Brothers who heard about their efforts and came down to support them.

This began Simpson Travel’s relationship with these two brave young men and we’re now delighted to be partnering with them on their adventure.

As a company that offers holidays in sunshine destinations across the Mediterranean, the skincare message is particularly pertinent and promoting safe suntanning a cause that’s easy for us to get behind.

We also believe in taking the road less travelled – choosing the harder path while others might take shortcuts – and going the extra mile for our guests. The Ocean Brothers are taking that philosophy many steps further, embarking on a courageous, inspirational journey that definitely has no shortcuts. They are putting heart and soul into a fantastic cause and we wish them every success. As a family business, we’re extremely happy that we can help and we’ll be keeping you updated on their progress.

To offer your own support and find out more, visit The Ocean Brothers’ website.