Our Support team
Andrew and Rachael set up Ickle Pickles in April 2009 following the premature birth of their son, Charlie, at 28 weeks in March 2008. Charlie spent 3 months in the neonatal unit and today is a healthy and happy little boy who charms everyone he meets. Having decided to raise some money for the unit where Charlie was treated, they found that there wasn't a charity they could raise the funds through. They decided to set up a charity themselves which to date has raised over £2 million and has donated equipment to hospitals across the country.
Care After Combat
As well as being a renowned comedian and presenter, Jim is passionate about our armed forces and the care of its veterans. He launched the British Forces Foundation in 1999 which aims to boost and maintain the morale of the men and women of our Armed Forces by providing high quality entertainment and other innovative programmes designed to demonstrate public support for the work they do and the sacrifices they are prepared to make. In 2014 along with Simon Weston OBE and Goose Cryer MC, he founded Care After Combat which he now runs as CEO.
Rear Admiral Bob Tarrant CB – seamanship/navigational support
Bob joined the Royal Navy in 1979, saw action in the Falklands in 1982 and commanded both the submarine HMS Talent and the ice patrol ship HMS Endurance. Rising through a variety of posts, Bob was appointed as Commander Operations in October 2015, effectively exercising operational command over all national maritime operations on behalf of the Fleet Commander. He was appointed CB in the 2016 Birthday Honours. He will be helping the team with their navigational skills including charts and be on-hand to help them through their route as they cross the ocean.
– training support
Andy is a recruiter, a former Military Policeman and a veteran of many endurance races. Whilst living and working in the Middle East he undertook a number of ultra marathons including the Marathon des Sables (twice), the Brazilian Jungle Marathon and the most beautiful thing (TMBT) in Borneo amongst various other races. Andy is training with Dan and Tony and helping them prepare.