Richard Harries is the man behind the mission.
Richard is a partly retired consultant radiologist, living in a windmill in rural Lincolnshire with his (long-suffering) wife, Anna. They have 4 children between them and 4 grandchildren, all of whom will be listening keenly for his updates from across the water and looking forward to his safe return to dry land in the hope of hearing some swashbuckling tales of adventure.
Richard is no stranger to putting his physical and mental endurance to the test. In the last few years he has raised over £7,500 for charity by taking part in various challenges including seven London Marathons, a Bear Grylls 5-day survival course in Scotland, climbing Kilimanjaro and, most recently, walking unsupported from Land’s End to John o’Groats.
He has been a volunteer doctor for the community first responder scheme LIVES (Lincolnshire Integrated Voluntary Emergency Services) and EMICS (East Midlands Immediate Care Scheme) for about 5 years. Through this work he feels an affinity with the charity he has chosen to support, Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance.