Driving Miss Daisy: Ian Davies – Our Ultra-Distance Rowing Hero

In 2014, just one week after swimming the English Channel Ian Davies was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, cancer of the plasma cells.

It was important to him to show that having cancer should not stop people from doing things and stretching themselves.

The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, the premier event in ocean rowing takes competitors more than 3,000 miles west from the Canary Islands to Antigua & Barbuda. Not for nothing is it known as “the world’s toughest row”.  It takes a certain kind of person to keep going when faced with blisters, salt rash, sharks and sleep deprivation.   It’s no surprise then that more people have been into space or climbed Everest than have rowed the Atlantic.

Being ex-Military Ian and his three rowing companions decided to raise money for the Royal British Legion, Riding for the Disabled, 353, and Myeloma UK to help their great work Ian and the team had to put a lot of their own money and efforts into the project but sponsorship arrived in the form of Driving Miss Daisy.

“Driving Miss Daisy is normally known for its land-based Driving & Companion Services helping anyone who needs additional support with transportation and companionship with a focus on the older generation. They offer a range of services for people in need of a little extra support.  This includes bespoke home to holiday travel to reach their UK our European holiday locations or departure points for Cruise or airports. We cannot thank them enough and we just had to call the boat Miss Daisy after that!”


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