Team Seasoar and the Lacock Fundraisers!

On 18th February 2024, Lyme Disease UK’s Co-Founder and Chair, Natasha Metcalf, journeyed to the picturesque village of Lacock in Wiltshire to meet John Watling of Team Seasoar, who is taking part in the World’s Toughest Row across the Atlantic at the end of the year, in order to raise funds for Lyme Disease UK.

John and his family introduced Natasha to some phenomenal local supporters of Team Seasoar’s campaign and Lyme Disease UK. It was such a delight to have dinner with John, his wife Azar, his daughter Ariana, as well as local residents Peter Glen, Sue Kneebone, and Alan and Heather Shepherd, who will be helping to fundraise at a variety of events this year.

John Watling of Team Seasoar and his daughter Ariana

Natasha was able to learn more about the challenges Team Seasoar will face as they row 2 hours on, 2 hours off 24/7 for 6 weeks during the crossing from La Gomera to Antigua, during which they will battle 20 foot waves. Natasha was even shown the packets of dehydrated food the team will need to exist on during their 3000 mile voyage. John shared more about the dangers of Giant Marlin strikes and the effect the trip can have on the rowers mentally and physically, as they prepare to lose 12 kg in body weight and burn 5000 calories per day. 

A huge thank you to everyone involved in the inspirational Lacock area fundraising! Your support means the world to all of us at the charity and it was lovely to see so much close-knit community spirit.  

If you would like to come and meet Team Seasoar, see their boat named Oardrey, and catch up with some members of the Lyme Disease UK team, make sure you come to the All Aboard Festival on Sunday 8th September in Lacock…  more details to follow!