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Ever thought about rowing to Antigua? No neither had we…

We’re really excited to announce our sponsorship of Row Like A Girl, a four girl team rowing the Atlantic Ocean this December. One the team members is Scott Dunn employee Bella Collins, who works in the marketing team here in London (we did tell her she could fly to the Caribbean like most of our guests, but she insisted on rowing!). We find out more about her crazy expedition in this interview…

Can you tell us more about what you’re about to attempt?

Row Like A Girl are a four woman team aiming to break two world records whilst rowing 3000 miles unaided across the Atlantic Ocean this December. Starting in La Gomera and finishing in Antigua, we will row 2 hours on and 2 hours off (taking it in turns to row and rest) 24/7 for the entire row, face 30ft waves and extreme weather, wildlife, salt sores, injuries and more.

What does Row Like A Girl mean?

Row Like A Girl would like to inspire and show girls around the world that they can go out there and achieve whatever they want. To ignore negative attitudes towards women and stereotypes and to have self-belief they can achieve their dreams.

How has Scott Dunn got involved?

Scott Dunn have become one of our headline sponsors and it’s so great to have them on-board with our campaign. We love the fact that their strapline is “Anything else is just a vacation”, ours should be “Anything else is easy”!

What do you envision being the toughest part?

I think the sleep deprivation will be the toughest part, especially over the first 2 weeks or so. Sleeping for no more than 2 hours (if you’re lucky) at a time is not something our bodies have ever experienced and will be really hard to get used to. I hear it brings on hallucinations and very strange habits so this could be quite funny to see!

What will you miss the most?

Being a foodie – I will miss good food. This is a common answer from the Row Like A Girl team, we all love food! I’ll also miss my family, hugely (and of course the marketing team at Scott Dunn!).

What are you looking forward too?

I’m looking forward to seeing nature and the world at its rawest. I’m also looking forward to creating unforgettable memories with 3 amazing girls.

What charity are you doing this for and why?

We’re rowing for Plan International’s Because I Am A Girl campaign. We found this charity had the same ethos and goals as we do. Because I Am A Girl supports millions of girls around the world, getting them into education, stopping violence, and presenting opportunities to give girls’ their freedom and independence.

How can Scott Dunn guests get involved?

Guests can donate to our charity by heading to our website www.rowlikeagirl.uk and clicking on the “Donate” button. Or, if guests happen to be in Antigua in early February, stay tuned in, as they may be able to see us row into English Harbour – and we expect a great party!! Guests can follow our progress on our blog, we will we doing regular updates and we’ll let you know what those hallucinations are!

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