Inspirational Fundraiser

Jamie Douglas-Hamilton Rowing for British Heart Foundation

Fundraising for British Heart Foundation
raised of £100,000 target
by 188 supporters
Endurance challenge, 10 January 2023
British Heart Foundation

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We fund life saving medical research to beat the world's biggest killers.


Hello there,

Thanks for visiting my page. I'm raising money for the British Heart Foundation and I'd be so grateful for your support.

In 2022, I was diagnosed with a hereditary condition being a bicuspid aortic valve. The valve was leaking so severely, my heart was double the size, and I had to have open heart surgery in August of that year, which saved my life. This came as a huge shock and I couldn’t be more grateful to NHS and the work British Heart Foundation are doing.

In January 2023, less than 5 months after the operation, I rowed in a team of 6 from Antarctica to South Orkney Islands. This was one of the most dangerous and physically demanding rows ever undertaken and broke 8 Guiness Worlds Record being;

1. First human powered expedition in Southern Ocean

2. First to row on Southern Ocean in both directions

3. First human powered expedition on Scotia Sea

4. First human powered expedition from the Antarctic

5. First human powered expedition on the Southern Ocean (South to North)

6. Fastest row on Southern Ocean

7. Fastest polar row

8. Longest distance rowed on Southern Ocean

This route has never been crossed by human power alone and is a world first expedition rowing in below minus conditions, in 90 minute shifts, for 24 hours a day until we reached South Orkney islands - around 3 weeks of constant rowing.

The recovery from open heart surgery takes a year to fully recuperate so this row pushed the boundaries of what is possible and I hope this story can inspire others who get the same diagnosis that nothing is impossible.

1-2% of the population have bicuspid aortic valves and only a fraction know they have this condition until its too late.

Please donate generously to this amazing charity.


The BHF has helped halve the number of people dying from heart and circulatory disease in the UK but sadly every day hundreds of people lose their lives. It's only thanks to support from people like us that the BHF can create new treatments and discover new cures. £24 could pay for two hours of research by an early career scientist, but every pound helps so please give what you can to help me hit my target. Thank you!

About the charity

British Heart Foundation

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Heart and circulatory diseases are the world’s biggest killers. That’s why the British Heart Foundation exists. By funding research, we can help find treatments and cures that could save lives. With your donations and the awe-inspiring science we fund, we make science fiction a reality, together.

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