group of friends from Newport are arranging a luxury event at The Celtic Manor on Saturday 13 May to help raise funds for their Atlantic rowing challenge. Hugo Thompson, 25, Joel Wood, 25, Monty Williams, 25, and John Morgan, 26, will be competing in an Atlantic rowing race in December as Team Oarstruck. Hugo, who has been living with Type 1 diabetes for two years, decided to take on the challenge to increase awareness of the condition and raise vital funds for Diabetes UK Cymru.
The four friends are hosting the ‘Team Oarstruck Ball’ at The Celtic Manor to celebrate their upcoming race and raise money for charity. The black tie event starts at 7pm and includes a three course meal, live music and entertainment, live auction and a special question and answer session with the team.
Hugo said: “We’re really excited for the ball and can’t wait to celebrate with some of our amazing supporters and sponsors. The team are so lucky to have had the support of local businesses, family and friends since we first decided to row the Atlantic around a year ago. “Since being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes I’ve been determined not to let it stop me from achieving my goals. More people have climbed Mount Everest or been into space than have rowed the Atlantic, so rowing 3,000 miles in extreme conditions is never going to be easy. But I want to show that with the right preparation, anything is possible.
“I would encourage anyone who would like to show their support and have a great night out to come along and join us at our ball at the The Celtic Manor.”