Alex Lewis "Pig 2 Pig" - CREW WANTED

Rannoch Adventure is proud to support Alex Lewis - a quadruple amputee living life to the full whilst trying to make a difference.

In June 2024, Alex Lewis will embark on the Pig 2 Pig - an inspiring adventure across land, sea and some more land, with full support from the Rannoch team for the rowing element of this challenge. Would you like to be a part of it?

We’re searching for a number of volunteers to row with Alex in stages from Falmouth to Dover in his rowing boat which we have adapted especially for Alex. This is an opportunity to take part in a unique rowing challenge and support a hugely worthy cause - The Alex Lewis Float Foundation (see below).

We’re looking for up to 10 experienced rowers to support Alex, ideally with:

- coastal or ocean rowing experience

- availability between 2 and 16 June 2024 on the south coast of England

- availability to attend a training camp on 14 and 15 March 2024 in Burnham on Crouch

Food and tent accommodation will be provided but otherwise you are expected to volunteer your time, fund your own travel arrangements and supply your own kit (all rowing safety equipment is provided).

If you’re interested in applying to be one of Alex’s crew on The Pig 2 Pig, please contact Nicola Douglas – nicola@rannochadventure.com

Well, I’ve kayaked around the southern tip of Greenland. I’ve kayaked 300km down the Orange River in South Africa. I’ve hand cycled through the Simien mountains in Ethiopia and then summited their highest mountain, Ras Dashen. I’ve even thrashed a mobility scooter through the Namibia desert but I’ve never done something ridiculous in the UK.
Alex Lewis

The Pig 2 Pig in a nutshell

30 days and wild camping nights

350 miles of rowing, a *world first* for a quadruple amputee

8 "Pig" hotels (nutrition/hydration)

14 school speaking engagements

650 miles of cycling

14 business speaking engagements

It’s a brute, I mean beaut?! I start at The Pig, Harlyn Bay on June the 2nd and hand cycle to Falmouth Harbour. Once in Falmouth I climb into the world’s first adapted flying 15 rowing boat (minus the sail) for a quadruple amputee and then spend the next 14 days rowing 350 Miles to Dover. Once in Dover I fall out the boat and back On board my bike and hand cycle to The Pig at Bridge Place. The following morning I climb back on board my hand cycle and spend the next 14 days cycling 650 miles through the South of England whilst carrying out a school speaking event and a business speaking event every day. I’ll also be stopping by charities, universities, hospitals and much much more to highlight the work the float Foundation carries out here and all over the world. Alex Lewis

More details about this adventure can be found by DOWNLOADING THE PDF.

Alex’s story

Aged 33 Alex thought he had ‘man flu’ but collapsed and was rushed to hospital, he was given just hours to live and less than 1% chance of survival. He had contracted Strep which led to Septicaemia, Toxic shock syndrome and necrotising fasciitis. The result was quadruple amputation and facial disfigurement. The Alex you see today is the result of 140hrs of plastic surgery and 14hrs of facial tattooing.

Instead of retreating into a state of self-pity, Alex took a truly inspirational approach to what happened to him.  The story of his positivity and adjustment to a new life is truly remarkable and was the subject of a Channel 4 documentary “The Extraordinary case of Alex Lewis”. Alex’s progress and exploits have been well documented in the media. The positivity 43-year-old Alex has found since his life changing illness has been remarkable. Many would find it hard to believe, but he says that great things have come of it.  Alex says, “It’s made me think differently about being a father, a partner, a human being.”

In the past nine years Alex has set up the Alex Lewis Trust to raise funds for his rehabilitation, which has given him a huge impetus to help others. Alex also participates in research projects with Imperial College, Southampton University and many more developing new technology ranging from the development of mechanomyographic tech for the American Navy to prosthesis design and wearable assistive technology. He continues to work with schools, colleges, charities and businesses working on the advancement of medical and assistive technology.

Alex continues to break barriers by becoming the first quadruple amputee to kayak around the southern tip of Greenland and complete a three hundred and twenty mile expedition along the Orange River in South Africa. In 2019 he became the first quadruple amputee to hand cycle 15,000 feet up the highest mountain range in Ethiopia in a solar assisted four wheeled vehicle designed by Engineering students at The University of Southampton. The project enabled Alex to try and challenge the cultural view of disability in Ethiopia and drive change in the attitude of the people towards the disabled in their communities. Whilst the wheel chair manufacturing facility which became the legacy of the trip will transform the lives of hundreds of disabled people in Ethiopia every year. The documentary of this extraordinary expedition “Alex Lewis Mountain “ won best Documentary at the London Independent Film Festival 2023.

During 2020/21 he focused his efforts through the Alex Lewis Trust on the provision of affordable prosthesis development for children, with the launch of Project Limitless, in association with The Douglas Bader Foundation. Project Limitless aimed to raise £250,000 to provide all those children in the UK under 9 who need one with a soft shell prosthetic. It was a bold ambition but the overwhelming support from the public means that to date over half a million pounds has been raised and Project Limitless will extend its remit to include children up to the age of 18 in the UK.

During 2022/ 2023 Alex continued his challenges crossing the Namibian dessert and racing around Salisbury plain for 24 hours nonstop in a Le Mans style event in his student built handcycle. Alongside his research work, Alex delivers motivational talks entitled  ‘A Minor Setback’ to organizations, conferences and educational institutions. His aim is to motivate others to overcome adversity and take on new challenges in life.

Alex inspires people to see life differently, take every opportunity that comes their way and live life to the full. His keen sense of humour and self-deprecating manner stays with his audience as a reminder that life can turn upside down at any point - it’s how you conquer it that defines you.

The FLOAT Foundation is the culmination of 10yrs of working in the AT (Assistive technology) space. Their mission is to help create a world where assisted technology is accessible and affordable for all individuals. They envision a society where every person, regardless of their abilities, can fully participate and thrive in their communities empowered by the transformative potential of assistive technology.

MORE INFORMATION

The Alex Lewis Trust - https://www.alex-lewis.co.uk/

Alex at Rannoch trying out his boat for the first time

The Float Foundation website is currently under construction but will soon be live here: https://www.the-alff.com/

The Pig Hotels - https://www.thepighotel.com/

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