Bolton Lads & Girls Club have entered a team into the 2013 Talisker Whisky Atlantic Rowing Challenge, a 3,000 mile rowing race across the Atlantic Ocean starting at the Canary Islands and finishing about seven weeks later in Antigua.


We are doing this to raise £250,000 which will be used to ensure the Junior Mentoring Project can continue to offer this vital support to some of the most vulnerable children in Bolton. There is currently a waiting list of nearly 200 kids that the mentoring programme could quite literally make a life changing effect on their young lives and therefore we wanted to take on an extreme challenge that would raise both awareness and the funds needed to allow this not only to continue but do away with the long waiting list. The rowers are Mark Brocklehurst, Nick Griffiths, Matt Tomkin and Finn Christo. For more information or to see how the team is preparing for the race go to Thank you for supporting us in our challenge and helping the young children we have to protect.


Updates 8

Fundraising is going like a steam train and we are within touching distance of our ultimate £250k target. With two events to go and the other team members pages we just need a final push to help those poor children to a better future, please keep donating & watch us change lives.

16/04/14 08:58

Since we returned to the UK the team have been overwhelmed by the amount of support we recieved whilst out on the Atlantic. During the low points it seemed we were battling the storms alone but in reality there were hundreds of kindrid spirits out there with us, it means so much.

16/04/14 08:56

We made it safely into Antigua after eight weeks at sea. It was without doubt the hardest and most challenging encounter we had experienced before and took its toll on our bodies and minds. We are so proud of what we achieved and know it will make a massive difference, thank you.

16/04/14 08:52

The team & the boat are ready & we just want to get started so we can deliver ourselves across the finish line as fast as we can go. We are at the half way stage with our fundraising so hopeful that everyone keeps supporting us. whilst we are away over Christmas, thanks

14/11/13 12:07

In just over 50 days we board a plane for the Canaries to prepare for the row across the Atlantic & the toughest challenge we have ever undertaken, the cruel irony is that the kids we are trying to help face bigger issues every single day. Please help us make a difference, thanks

26/09/13 15:24

Raising money for

Bolton Lads & Girls Club

Bolton Lads & Girls Club

Charity Registration No. 1051292

The Lads & Girls Club is a Positive Place for Children and Young People. 3,000 Children and Young People use the Club every week. Some come just to enjoy the new facilities, for others the Club becomes a second home where they know they will always get a warm welcome and find a caring and supportive member of staff ready to help with any problems they may have.

Donations 178

Donation by James Hodgkiss on 14/04/14


+ £1.50 Gift Aid

well done to 4 amazing lads !

Donation by Nancy Stones on 13/04/14


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Great effort!

Donation by Ronnie McIntosh on 12/04/14


+ £6.00 Gift Aid

Donation by James Hodgkiss on 11/04/14


+ £4.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Pat and Brian Meller on 07/04/14


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 01/04/14


+ £36.50 Gift Aid

Well done Mark. Fantastic effort.

Donation by Iain Watson on 26/03/14


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

A fabulous achievement for a very worthy cause! Well done old lad! From Joyce and the Terrys

Donation by Anonymous on 24/03/14


Rowers return tickets

Donation by Anonymous on 14/03/14


+ £141.25 Gift Aid


Adapt and overcome...........nice one Mark. Enjoy tonight with all your friends in Bolton....this dosh is instead of buying two tickets!

Donation by Alan Timmins on 14/03/14


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Sales of 4 rower return tickets & additional donation Toward the cause...

Donation by Ste Pritchard : Matrix247 on 10/03/14


+ £40.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Andy Mitchell on 04/03/14


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Very well done to all the guys. Looking forward to catching up Mark and to sing some sea shanties with Mr Nevet and I.

Donation by Ronnie Fletcher on 02/03/14


+ £6.25 Gift Aid

The Rugby Club is proud to have Mark and Nick as ex-players and members, and now as tremendous role models for our youth. Well done all the team.

Donation by Alex Brodie on 28/02/14


+ £25.00 Gift Aid


Welcome back! From the Sharples Team

Donation by Julie Franks on 24/02/14


+ £15.00 Gift Aid

Totally amazing achievement. I've never met any of you but followed your journey with awe. A huge well done for a fantastic cause.

Donation by Anonymous on 23/02/14


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Graham Fletcher

Donation by Aimee Timmins on 17/02/14


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Sales of rowers return tickets

Donation by Mark Alder on 16/02/14


+ £75.00 Gift Aid

Fantastic Achievement ! Well Done !!

Donation by Miriam and Mike Gaston on 15/02/14


+ £25.00 Gift Aid

Congratulations Mark, so proud of you and your immense achievement!

Donation by Julie Lloyd & family on 10/02/14


+ £6.25 Gift Aid

Mark, fantastic to catch up with you in English Harbour, after chatting back in La Gomera before the start! Hope you got home OK; enjoy Tenerife - you deserve it! Geoff & Niki (Spirit of Penmar)

Donation by Spirit of Penmar on 09/02/14


+ £6.25 Gift Aid

Very brave. Well done!

Donation by Muriel Moores on 08/02/14


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Tremendous !!

Donation by Neil Rothwell on 07/02/14


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Well Done - A fantastic feat and truly inspiring for the youngsters at the club !

Donation by BID Group on 07/02/14


Donation by Anonymous on 05/02/14

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£12,007.17
  • Offline donations£196,099.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£208,106.17
  • Gift Aid£2,660.75

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