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Team Essence take on Yukon 1000

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Team Essence

Support Mathew and Oliver as they take on this unique 1000 mile canoe race to race funds for the NSPCC.

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Team Essence are back to take on their third extreme challenge and continue their fantastic efforts to raise money to support the NSPCC's fight for every childhood.Having both conquered the Atlantic Ocean in 2016 as a team of non-rowers who become the first team ever to row the Atlantic from mainland Europe to mainland South America setting two world records in the process and Mathew subsequently taking on the extremes of the Gobi Desert in 2017, the Yukon 1000 will provide further unique risks and challenges as the pair again push their physical and mental limits.

Due to their dedicated support to the NSPCC and hugely successful fundraising efforts, having raised over £160,000 for the charity to date, both Mathew and Oliver have been recognized as Patrons of the charity. Knowing the difference that their efforts has made to thousands of children and young people across the country motivates the pair to take on this latest installment under the Team Essence name.


Event details

Yukon 1000

The 2018 Yukon-1000 is an unsupported 1000 mile wilderness paddling race down the Yukon River from Whitehorse, Yukon, across the US/Canada border and onto the Dalton Highway Bridge north of Fairbanks Alaska, in the Arctic Circle.
The race runs through the most isolated area of North America. Team Essence will spend days without contact with other living persons. The race follows the route of the Klondike gold rush in testament to the fortitude of gold prospectors, centuries before. Unlike most other events, the Yukon 1000 race is unique for its requirement for ultimate self-reliance as it is a remote and dangerous environment.

Mathew and Oliver are aiming to raise £30,000 from this tough expedition and challenge, which could help fund the whole of the NSPCC's Childline service for an entire day.


Event date

22-July-2018 00:00  - 
02-August-2018 00:00

Event type

Overseas challenge

Event is completed


Wishing your team the very best for a very worthy cause. From one brother to another.
Donation by Greg Gershuny
on 21-07-2018
£0.00 gift aid
Some adventure, good luck.
Donation by Rob Kav
on 20-07-2018
£12.50 gift aid
Donation by Holly Kelsall
on 23-03-2018
Another epic adventure for a great cause. Backing you to finish Mr Bennett! X
Donation by Jo Patterson
on 14-03-2018
£25.00 gift aid
Epic challenge - good luck to you both
Donation by Tayls
on 08-03-2018
Best of Luck Chaps... At least it will be a little warmer than rowing the Atlantic, Great Charity btw !
Donation by Colin Robb
on 08-03-2018
£25.00 gift aid
Best of luck gents - an epic challenge and great cause.
Donation by Tom Reid
on 08-03-2018
£25.00 gift aid

Donation summary

Online Donations: £7,615.00
Offline Donations: £0.00
Total Raised: £7,615.00
Total Raised
with gift aid:    £8,421.25

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