Lymington's Ocean Brothers hit their £100,000 goal!

Jude and Greg's successful transatlantic row has raised important funds for the British Skin Foundation.

Earlier this year Jude Massey and Greg Bailey, the 'Ocean Brothers', successfully completed a dramatic, unsupported 53 day row across the Atlantic - with Jude breaking a Guinness World Record in the process, becoming the youngest person to have rowed any ocean in a team of two.

The Ocean Brothers reached Barbados on 11 April 2018 after 53 days rowing the Atlantic - photo Adam Rowley CreativeThe Ocean Brothers rowed in memory of their late father and stepfather, Pete Massey, who passed away two years ago following a 16 year battle with skin cancer. Their objective was also to raise £100,000 for the British Skin Foundation, to fund vital skin cancer research. 

And this week the Ocean Brothers have reached their goal! Their justgiving page now sits at a monumental £100,588.

Shared Jude: "We've reached our target! Together we have all raised £100k for skin cancer research. To every single person who donated towards our cause, shared our posts, spread the word in the community and had belief in us, thank you. We have done it, together."

Local sponsor, Paul Martin of BHG Marine said: "All the team at BHG Marine are so proud that Greg and Jude not only finished such a gruelling challenge, but have managed to hit their target and raise a fantastic sum of money for such a worthwhile cause - great work boys!"

Trudie Russo, Director of New Forest Cottages, another local sponsor said: “All of us as New Forest Cottages are so proud to have sponsored Greg and Jude. We got to know them well on the run up to the row and followed their progress with immense suspense and excitement during such a difficult crossing. It was a momentous day when we welcomed them back to Lymington! We are in awe of their grit, determination and triumph in the most difficult of conditions. Massive congratulations boys!” 

“It’s really fitting that Greg and Jude should have achieved their fundraising goal after the incredible determination they demonstrated before, during and since their unbelievably challenging row”, said Tanya Baddeley of Bartley Marketing, who managed the Ocean Brothers’ social media throughout their 53 days on the ocean. “Since their return they’ve gone on to orchestrate and present their tale vividly and compellingly to various audiences, which has augmented the total raised. The two really big messages about skin cancer are for the young: prevention by protection and for those who might think it already too late, check and take it seriously. And via Lymington.com we intend to keep pushing those vital messages!”

The Peter Massey Skin Cancer Fund

The brothers are touched that British Skin Foundation has named the fund the 'Peter Massey Skin Cancer Fund.'

Pete MasseySkin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the UK, and rates continue to rise. At least 100,000 new cases are now diagnosed each year, and the disease kills over 2,500 people each year in the UK - that's seven people every day.

Whilst we are getting better at understanding how skin cancer works, we still have a long way to go. On average, someone who dies from skin cancer typically loses 20 years of their life, and rates of malignant melanoma are rising faster than any other type of common cancer. There are three types of skin cancer: malignant melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and basal cell carcinoma (BCC). UV exposure is the main preventable cause of skin cancer, so it is vital to stay safe in the sun.

Both brothers are passionate about raising awareness of skin cancer. Jude said: "From the day I was born, until the day dad passed away, he suffered with skin cancer. I have so much motivation in me to try and make a difference to the world, and help people know the dangerous effects the sun can have on our bodies. The number one way to prevent skin cancer is to protect yourself from the sun."

“The British Skin Foundation is incredibly lucky to have such determined and dedicated fundraisers as Greg and Jude. They have tackled every challenge thrown at them by the Atlantic Ocean with true courage. The incredible amount of money they have raised will fund skin cancer research to find cures and treatments for future patients. Your dad would have been very proud.” said Matthew Patey, CEO British Skin Foundation, as the Ocean Brothers completed their challenge.

If you would like to donate to the Peter Massey Skin Cancer Fund, click on this link: JustGiving.com/oceanbrothers

What next for the Ocean Brothers? 

The Ocean Brothers arrive in Lymington to rapturous applause on 30 April 2018 - photo Steve ElsonThe Ocean Brothers received a heroes welcome home to Lymington on Good Friday, 30 March. The first month or so back has been a whirlwind of interviews and readjustment back to 'normal' life! And a trip to Buckingham Palace with members of the British Skin Foundation!

The brothers were previously novice rowers and decided to take on an ocean challenge due to Peter’s love of the sea. They wanted to show that it was possible to take on this type of challenge in a sun safe way (armed with sunscreen and UV clothing) and also on a vegan diet. 

Their challenge has attracted support from HRH Princess Alexandra (the patron of the British Skin Foundation) plus Bear Grylls, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Andrew Triggs-Hodge OBE, Sir Ben Ainslie, James Cracknell OBE, Rob Da Bank and Chris Evans.

"Our injuries have now healed and mentally we are grounded, we're enjoying being back on land and really appreciate having running water, plentiful food and a dry bed!" said Greg. "We'd like to say a huge thank you as we know we caused an awful lot of stress to everyone watching so attentively, a huge thank you for helping to carry the weight of the problems we encountered. We really felt the support."

Greg is now back at work as a doctor and together with Jude is hoping to make progress with the documentary they have started.

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Photo credits: Adam Rowley Creative and Steve Elson.