Team Elijah’s Star are rowing the Atlantic in support of Action Medical Research to shine a spotlight on the impact premature birth has on babies and their families and to help fund more research that can save lives.  The team have taken their name from baby Elijah, a premature but much-loved son and brother, who sadly lived for just 37 days.

Ten percent of all births are premature and globally, it’s the biggest killer of children under 5. It’s too many. Far too many. Action Medical Research is committed to fighting for children’s lives, finding answers that can lead to medical breakthroughs for some of the toughest fights our children face.

We aim to shine a spotlight on premature birth to help save and change children’s lives through funding medical research. We believe that the diseases that devastate the lives of so many of our children can be beaten. Surprisingly medical research to help children is poorly funded in the UK.

Team Elijah’s Star are totally inspired by the passion and dedication shown by Action Medical Research in helping people that need it most and are honoured to be able to promote them by rowing the Atlantic.

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Setting off in…

Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge

The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge is a 3000 mile unsupported rowing race across the Atlantic Ocean west from San Sebastian in La Gomera, Canary Islands (280N 180W) to Nelson’s Dockyard in English Harbour, Antigua & Barbuda (170N 610W)

In December 2021, Team Elijah’s Star will depart La Gomera with their sights firmly set on completing this epic journey in 37 days. The target we have set ourselves represents the brief life of baby Elijah,a premature but much-loved son and brother, who sadly lived for just 37 days.

The Team will battle sleep deprivation, salt sores, and the physical extremes inflicted by the race. Exhaustion will test the mental strength of the rowers, in the middle of an Ocean where the nearest land is 2.5 miles below the sea.

Team Training

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Put simply, without your support we cannot make this dream a reality. Our objective is to involve sponsors and contribute £200,000 to Action Medical Research.

Since beginning in 1952, Action Medical Research has been funding medical breakthroughs to help save and change the lives of babies and children.

Surprisingly, medical research tackling childhood diseases is poorly funded in the UK. Action Medical Research has a critical job to do in helping fill this gap to protect children.

The prospects for finding new cures and treatments is almost within our grasp. Right now we are funding vital research projects with many more ready to go – but we simply can’t fund them all.