Brickendon sponsors doctors who plan to row across the Indian Ocean

25 January 2017

In a bid to raise £100,000 in funding for Doctors Without Boarders, Ted Welman and Jack Faulkner, two British doctors, have announced plans to row 3,600 miles across the Indian Ocean. The feat, which is set to last a mere 84 days, has received sponsorship from, among others, consulting firm Brickendon.

Doctors Without Boarders (Médecins Sans Frontières) was founded in 1971 to provide emergency medical aid to the victims of conflict by French doctors that served in Biafra. Today the organisation operates out of 24 separate legal associate organisations that, under the umbrella of five operational directorates, manage MSF’s humanitarian assistance programmes across the globe.

The organisation draws funding from a host of streams, including donations from the public as well as fundraising efforts. In a bid to secure £100,000 in funding for the organisation, which operates in theatres in some of the world’s most dangerous places, Ted Welman and Jack Faulkner, two British doctors, are preparing to row 3,600 miles across the Indian Ocean in just 84 days – breaking the world record.

Brickendon sponsors Ted Welman and Jack Faulkner

The feat to row the Indian Ocean has only been done 20 times, and only four times by pairs – compared to feats like Mount Everest, which has been scaled more than 4000 times. The crossing attempt is to begin in Exmouth, Western Australia, in April bound for Port Louis, Mauritius. The three month crossing involves the pair rowing in two-hour shifts, 24-hours-a-day for the duration of the crossing.

About their motivation for their journey, Welman and Faulkner, reflect, “In the UK we are incredibly lucky to have such a comprehensive health service, free at the point of delivery and available to everyone who needs it. MSF helps people worldwide where need is greatest, delivering emergency medical aid to those affected by conflict, disasters or exclusion from healthcare.”

Brickendon Consulting

One of the firms that has committed its support to the charity quest of Welman and Faulkner is Brickendon Consulting, a management and technology consulting firm that specialises in the financial services industry. Brickendon's Chief Executive Chris Burke says he welcomed the opportunity to sponsor such a "worthwhile event and cause." He adds, “We are very excited and privileged to be involved with Doctors Adrift and will be cheering for them and promoting their cause as much as we can for the next few months."

Details of the sponsorship / financial support have not been disclosed by Brickendon Consulting.


Travel firm hosts consultancy marathon to raise money for charity

19 March 2019

A communications consultancy has announced it will perform a ‘consulting marathon’ to raise money for a charity based in Africa. SEO Travel will offer a 12-hour consulting surgery to as many small travel businesses as possible, while raising money for the cause.

SEO Travel has been helping travel companies improve their online presence since 2011. The firm works with a wide range of global travel brands who it helps develop brand visibility online through SEO, social media, PR and other techniques. Based in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, the firm works to create engaging campaigns that increase brand awareness and drive more business and sales in a sustainable way.

The professional services firm has announced that as of the 21st of March, it will be offering these services to small travel businesses as part of a charity fundraising drive. The session will last 12 hours straight, and offers the chance for a 30-minute session, which travel companies can sign up for at the SEO Travel website. The marathon session will help small travel businesses which wouldn’t usually be able to afford a respectable and trustworthy agency’s advice.

Travel firm hosts consultancy marathon to raise money for charity

As well as helping small businesses, the event is also being used as an opportunity to raise money for charity, with SEO Travel donating to Tanzanian safari charity ‘Care with a View’ for each person that signs up, as well as asking businesses taking part to make a small donation of £10 themselves. The event will run from 8am to 8pm UK and is open to anyone around the world.

It will run by SEO Travel founder Tom McLoughlin, bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. He explained, “I’ve got the team here on standby to order pizzas and bring me Tangfastics on demand throughout the day!”

According to Mcloughlin, while there is a lot of marketing advice on the internet, the volume of information is so high that it's impossible for small firms to tell what will help and what will hurt their company. He concluded, “With the ‘Charity Travel Marketingathon Bonanza’ we want to take away the part of not knowing so these businesses can go away with clear, actionable tactics that will help grow their business.”

Related: Charity football cup sees Hays consultants raise £3,000 for Action for Children.