Atlantic rowing star shares his emotional journey

You may remember back in January, ResourceBank employees undertook a 24-hour charity Rowathon. Our aim was to not only raise money for Action Medical Research, but to support the four-man team doing the real rowing across the Atlantic Ocean.

Last night we were lucky enough to spend time with one of the rowers, Phil Bigland, who came to thank us for our support and tell us all about his experience of his team rowing continuously for 41 days, 2 hours and 44 minutes in a very small boat across the ocean!

Phil talked in depth about what he described as “the journey of his life” and gave us an insight into life on the boat including letting us sample some of his rations! We were shown more about the work that Action Medical Research do and the families it supports.

Reflecting on his challenge, Phil shared what he had taken away from the experience, reminding us to celebrate our successes no matter how big or small, to always be prepared for setbacks and that you’re never too old to learn something new.

ResourceBank employee, Rachel Everett said “It was eye-opening and inspirational to hear Phil talk about both the mental and physical aspects of achieving his goal to row the Atlantic. He brought alive the story of Elijahs’s star and how the number 37 became such an important theme. We learnt about baby Elijah who sadly died after 37 days and how babies born before 37 weeks are classed as premature. I think we were all a bit emotional when we learnt the team had the names of over 1000 premature babies added to the side of the boat which they would read when times were really tough to remind them why they were doing the challenge.”

Phil also called out our very own Charlotte Todd-Smith who will be running the London Marathon in October to raise even more money for Action Medical Research. We’ll have more to follow on this soon!


Including the £2,500 raised by ResourceBank’s Rowathon, Phil and his team Elijahs Star managed to raise over £128,000 for Action Medical Research. The money will go towards much needed research into premature births which is surprisingly underfunded in the UK.

Well done again to Phil and the Elijah’s Star Team for your fantastic achievement.

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