Powering the Dream - 3 thousand miles - 2 Adventurers- 1 Dream
Paul Hopkins, Firefighter, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service
Paul is 51, married with three sons aged 31, 28 and 14 and has two grandchildren aged 10 and 8. He is originally from Nottinghamshire and now lives in Wallsend. Paul has been a Firefighter for 22 years and spent his first eight of his career with Nottingham Fire and Rescue Service. Paul believes life is too short to let this opportunity go by and he is personally inspired by his father who is very ill at the minute. Paul hasn’t even rowed a boat before so his learning curve is going to be epic!
Philip Pugh, Adept Communications and Technology
In 1988, Phil became a father to his first born, Tom Pugh. At 27 weeks’ gestation, Tom was born prematurely and spent many weeks in the Special Care Unit. This experience was humbling, frightening and often desperate for his parents. The work these doctors, nurses and therapists perform – all the while supporting the parents, too - is simply amazing.
Throughout Tom’s 29 years, Phil has continued to raise money for the charities that have supported his son so well, as a way of saying thank you, and in acknowledgement of the crucial, life-saving work delivered with such dedication and kindness.
Tom’s life has been enriched in countless ways through the years by charities like Tiny Lives. To date, Phil has raised upwards of £10K for Tiny Lives and the Calvert Trust. Over the past 7 years, among other challenges, he has swum the English Channel, cycled Route 66 in the USA, and pushed Tom in his wheelchair in the Great North Run. But the Atlantic Dream Row will be by far the biggest challenge Phil has ever embarked on.