Radiographer to tackle Atlantic challenge

Published: 30 January 2019 Ezine

Student radiographer, Bird Watts, part of an all-female rowing team from the south west who will be taking part in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge to raise money for charity, is asking members for their generous support.

The four woman team plans to row 3000 miles across the Atlantic from Europe to the Caribbean to raise money and awareness for Cornwall Blood Bikes, Carefree and Hospiscare Exmouth & Lympstone.

“Although there were and are many deserving causes, we really wanted to do something that would specifically benefit those close to us,” Bird said.

The Oarsome Foursome will leave from La Gomera (part of the Canary Islands) in December 2019 and plan to finish in Antigua in March 2020. The huge row will be achieved in a small, compact ocean rowing boat that will be the rowers’ 'home' for the three months they will spend at sea.

Bird, who is due to graduate from Exeter University this year and has already secured a post at Treliske Hospital in Cornwall said: “Radiography feels a bit like our rowing team, under the radar and sometimes no-one knows we are there, but that's not true!

“As radiographers, we are skilled professionals who are good at what we do, and my Atlantic team are showing that ordinary people can do extraordinary things. It will be an epic journey that I can't wait to be a part of. I am doing this journey with three other fantastic ladies, one of whom is my mum.

"The charities we are supporting are beyond brilliant and are all providers of a service that any one of us could require at some point in our lives."

Find out more about the challenge and donate to the team.