We all receive requests, from time to time, to support someone we know who’s putting themselves out to raise money for charity. Yet when some long standing customers, Bruce and Bridget Montgomery, asked us to support their son by donating the wine for a charity ball in London, we were blown away by what he’d set out to do. And now Paddy Montgomery, with his accomplice Seamus Crawford, has just completed the world’s toughest ‘triathlon’ by rowing across the Atlantic – 3000 miles from the Canaries to Antigua – braving waves of 40-50 feet and winds of over 40 knots. The ‘really brutal and horrible’ journey, according to Paddy, took 38 days, 22 hours, which was 2 days below the previous world record.
This Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge was the final element of their gruesome ‘Saddle, Sand, Sea’ triathlon and followed on from the Marathon des Sables in 2016, running 6 marathons in 6 days across the Sahara, including back-to-back marathons on one day. Before then, in 2015, they cycled almost 3000 miles non-stop over 12 days from Calais to Gibraltar via Slovenia, crossing the Alps twice and the Pyrenees, finishing in a record time.
They are raising funds for Shooting Star Chase which is a Hospice for children and the families of children with life-limiting illnesses, and for the Prostate Project which is a patient-led charity supporting world leading teams to research into better diagnosis and treatments for Prostate Cancer. All monies donated go direct to the charities as the boys have funded the costs of their adventures through personal contribution or sponsorship.
Their website is www.saddlesandsea.com and you can find their Virgin Moneygiving page, a blog and other exciting details there. “It truly has been an amazing journey over the last four years completing our Saddle Sand Sea challenge” Paddy wrote. “At times it has been very testing but having successfully got to Antigua it is now exceptionally rewarding. We have been very fortunate with people and companies that have supported us along the way, and are lucky to call Château Bauduc one of our supporters. Gavin and Angela very kindly donated the wine for our charity fundraising ball which helped raise a substantial amount of money for our two amazing charities. And for that we will always be very thankful!”
We were delighted to support Paddy, Seamus and the team by donating wine for their fundraising ball, and we raise a toast to them now on their incredible achievement.