Shipping and packing company, PSP Logistics, has supported many intrepid adventurers over the years from powerboat racers to global sailors, but these two Southampton Firefights could be the boldest yet! Adam Bundle and Stuart Vince from St Mary’s Fire Station in Southampton are rowing 3000 miles across the Atlantic in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge in December 2020 to support Solent Mind and The Firefighters Charity. PSP Logistics is making sure their boat is delivered to the start line and returned home safely when it’s all over.
Described as the world’s toughest row, the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge starts in San Sebastian de La Gomera in the Canary Islands and after 3000 gruelling miles, finishes in Nelson’s Dockyard in Antigua & Barbuda. This is not a challenge that anyone would take on lightly. Stuart and Adam have already dedicated blood, sweat and tears to their training and faced challenges with both physical and mental health. Their team name is Minds Matter Atlantic Rowing Challenge Team 2020 and although they have recently been confined to their own gardens on rowing machines they launched the newly branded boat ‘Patience’ on 25th May to start their on-water training.
Adam explained why they are so passionate about this cause. “We are both firefighters and have had to deal with the loss of colleagues at work, the regular pressures of making life and death decisions whilst attending a wide variety of life-threatening incidents, or daily pressures such as keeping a roof over our families head. It’s of no surprise that over the last few years we all have witnessed a dramatic increase in mental health issues in the workplace and we are determined to do something about it, for everyone.
We are delighted to have PSP Logistics as a sponsor and now we can concentrate on our training with the knowledge that the boat is in capable and safe hands”
Frank Dixie Managing Director of PSP Logistics said “When Adam and Stu approached us about sponsorship, we didn’t even give it a moment’s thought, we were in! They are professional, dedicated and their enthusiasm is contagious. The team at PSP Logistics are very proud to support them and will all be following their journey across the ocean. We are also looking forward to welcoming them to PSP Logistics to teach our employees the Mental Health First Aid course, as soon as we are allowed.”
The annual race begins in early December. To follow Adam and Stuarts journey to the start line follow them on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter @mindsmatterarc