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Forget Me Knot Atlantic Row
Johnnie, Stef and Dirk
Fri 11 Feb 2022 09:36

Forget Me Knot is an independent ocean rowing expedition that will cross nearly 4,000-miles of the Atlantic Ocean from Portugal to French Guiana.  Our mission is to raise £100,000 in funding for the wonderful Dementia UK Admiral Nurses .

We believe passionately that everyone who needs the support of an Admiral Nurse should get one and we are going to row an ocean to make it happen.

700,000 families in the UK care for people with dementia. The relentless demands of care commonly lead to depression and mental health problems - but few carers seek support. Crew member, Johnnie, saw the anguish that dementia brings to the patient and carer alike over the 15-year period that his dad suffered from the disease. The family watched as his mum and dad went through a nearly two decade ordeal. There are hundreds of thousands of carers going through their ordeal right now and they need the specialist support that only Admiral Nurses can offer.

When things get challenging or difficult, Admiral Nurses work alongside people with dementia, and their families: giving them one-to-one support, expert guidance and practical solutions. The unique dementia expertise and experience an Admiral Nurse brings is a lifeline – it helps families to live more positively with dementia in the present, and to face the challenges of tomorrow with more confidence and less fear.

Rowing 24hrs in all weather and high seas, the expedition will be long and gruelling - but not in comparison to the daily challenges faced by many dementia carers. In completing this journey we hope to have brought hope and support to thousands of caregivers.

We have covered the costs of the expedition through personal contributions from the crew and from our corporate sponsors.  This GoFundMe page includes all funds raised from corporate sponsors and individuals. However, all contributions from individuals and any excess from corporates will all go to our charity Dementia UK not to fund the expedition.