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Run to Rome & Row the Ocean

Run to Rome & Row the Ocean

Everyone at Scamp Speakers would like to wish the very best of luck to two of the speakers we work with who are embarking on incredible challenges this year. 

Dan Keeley is running to Rome this April and later in the year, Penny Mallory will be rowing across the Atlantic. Some more details can be found below the fantastic charities they are supporting

Dan Keeley 

Dan KeeleyDan Keeley is one of the UK’s leading mental health activists, thought leaders, and keynote speakers on a mission to empower the UK to speak up when they are suffering.

In 2017, after a 5-year battle with bipolar disorder and coming close to taking his own life, Dan ran 1250 miles from the Colosseum in Rome back to the London Eye to share his story on a national scale – raising over £15,000 for The Campaign Against Living Miserably and inspiring hundreds of others to speak up about their own personal battles.

Well in 2023 he is doing it again with “Home to Rome Run” kicking off from the London Eye on Saturday 29th April, Dan is aiming to finish at the Colosseum 35 days later on Friday 2nd June 2023. 

At the heart of Home to Rome is Dan’s mission to raise a minimum of £20,000 to support CALMs tireless work to unite against suicide in the UK: a game-changing amount that could help to fund 2,500 potentially life-saving calls via CALMs helpline and web-chat services. 

To learn more about his run please visit his website – https://hometorome.run or just giving page.For more info on Dan’s speaking work please visit his webpage

Penny Mallory 

Penny Mallory is a leading Authority on Mental Toughness.

Motorsport and TV fans know Penny as the first and only woman to drive a World Rally Car. She knows how to compete and beat the odds, but she also knows top performance requires much more than sacrifice and maximum commitment. It also takes heart, insight, and courage to keep going and the refusal to quit. She gets it because she’s lived it.

In today’s ever more competitive environment where only the best will do, Penny Mallory has perfected the art of Psychologically Powered Performance to bring out the very best in us. 

On the 12th of December 2023, the “become Atlantic” team will set off from the Canary Islands and will row the 3000 nautical miles to Antigua. 

The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge is the world’s toughest rowing race – over 3,000 miles unaided across the Atlantic Ocean, and Penny and her 3 other teammates will be supporting 4 charities – 

Empire Fighting Chance was born on Bristol’s streets to fight the impact of deprivation on the lives of young people. They use a powerful combination of non-contact boxing and intensive personal support to challenge and inspire young people to realise their unique potential.

Kidney Research raises money and helps fund research for people with kidney disease. Around 3.5 million people are living with kidney disease in the UK, treatments can be gruelling and currently, there is no cure. Only research will end this and nobody can do it but us, by offering kidney patients and their families hope for the future. We’re taking it on. But we can’t do it without you.

Changing Lives believes that everyone deserves a safe home, a rewarding job, and a life free from addiction or abuse. They also believe that, given the right support, anyone can change their life for the better. By focusing on someone’s strengths, potential, and opportunities, they help around 14,000 people overcome their problems and live safe, successful, independent lives each year, across the nation.

Donate, and read more about Grace’s reason for choosing this charity by clicking on the link above.

The learn more about the challenge please visit their website – https://www.becomeatlantic.com and to learn more about Penny as a speaker please visit her webpage

We all wish them the very best with their challenges ahead. 


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He is incredibly thorough in his approach and always goes that extra mile to ensure everything is exactly as required.

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