Bolton Lads & Girls Club 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, it took 59 days, 18 hours, 40 minutes before they arrived in Antigua.


We did this to raise £250,000 which is being 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 Nuttall and Finn Christo. For more information or to see how the team fared in 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 03:24

Raising money for

Bolton Lads & Girls Club

Bolton Lads & Girls Club

Charity Registration No. 1051292

Founded in 1889, BLGC is one of the largest youth clubs in the country operating 7 nights a week with 7,500+ members. The Club aims to help young people become the happy,caring & responsible citizens of tomorrow by providing somewhere to go, something to do & above all someone to talk to.

Raising money for

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Donations 191

Well done from the directors at NCS

Donation by Anonymous on 27/10/15


ticket money for Bavarian night 11/10/14

Donation by Mark Alder on 12/10/14


+ £147.00 Gift Aid

8 months late, I know. I'd been waiting for you to lose that rocking sensation before I donated. Top work Brocky!

Donation by James Brodie on 31/08/14


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Sharples & MS Wealth

Donation by Anonymous on 23/07/14


+ £7.50 Gift Aid

Well done, absolutely fantastic achievement. I could barely row across a boating lake so can't even begin to imagine how difficult the Atlantic would be. True heroes!

Donation by FD Recruit Ltd / Rob S on 26/06/14


Wrist Band Monies

Donation by Aimee on 17/06/14


+ £33.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 06/05/14


+ £13.50 Gift Aid

Looking forward to tonight at the Jumbles

Donation by The Morgans on 02/05/14


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 02/05/14


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Looking forward to hearing all about it at the sailing club

Donation by Barbara and Malcolm Mcculloch on 01/05/14


+ £3.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 30/04/14


+ £6.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 30/04/14


+ £3.00 Gift Aid

A little more for the pot from the Jeans friday bunch at Sharples.

Donation by Julie Franks on 25/04/14


+ £14.25 Gift Aid

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

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£13,426.17
  • Offline donations£236,909.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£250,335.17
  • Gift Aid£2,903.00

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