FOUR fearless friends will push their physical and mental strength to the limit when they row across the Atlantic to raise funds for the Royal British Legion.
More people have travelled into space than have rowed the 3,000 nautical mile journey but the North Yorkshire pals not only aim to complete it but to set a new record.
The team, Row4Victory, brings together a serving Royal Engineer, an ex-Royal Marine, a landscape designer and serving chief technician in the Royal Air Force.
They set off on the crossing next December as part of the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge four-man pure class race, described as the ‘world’s toughest endurance race.’
As well as striving to smash the race record by completing it in less than 35 days, the team hopes to raise as much money as possible for the Royal British Legion, a cause close to their hearts.
Team member Fraser Mowlem, a RAF avionics technician based at Linton-on-Ouse, near York, said: “When I was initially asked if I would row the Atlantic as part of a team I was truly humbled, scared and also really rather excited. I couldn’t get the idea out of my head, so quickly agreed to join the team. “I have always admired the work of the Royal British Legion and the support they give armed forces personnel past and present. The year 2018 also marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War and so it seemed obvious to us that Row4Victory should be in support of the Royal British Legion.” Chief Technician Mowlem, 40, will be responsible for equipment and nutrition during the voyage. He will be joined by team skipper Will Quarmby, 34, a landscape designer from Ripon; Lance Corporal Glyn Sadler, 35, a former Royal Marines Commando from Borrowby, near Thirsk, who will be responsible for communications and medical; and Sapper Duncan Roy of the Royal Engineers, who is originally from Ingleby Arncliffe, near Thirsk, and will oversee navigation and logistics.
The team will row in pairs for two hour shifts during the crossing and will have to deal with storms, adverse weather conditions, hunger and sleep deprivation. However, to get to the start line in La Gomera in the Canary Islands and fund their crossing, they need to raise £100,000. Once this money has been raised all proceeds will go to the Royal British Legion, including a substantial sum from the sale of the boat.
Barkers Department and Home Store in Northallerton was among the first to pledge its support, and the team is appealing to other businesses and individuals to sponsor their campaign. To find out about sponsorship packages or to make a donation, visit row4victory.com or email email@example.com
Some 400 guests - including the cream of gift retail, leading gift suppliers and trade show organisers - made a beeline for the glamorous Grosvenor House Hotel on London's Park Lane on the 4th May to see the winners crowned at The Greats Awards 2017, organised by leading giftware trade magazine Progressive Gifts & Home.
Now in their 15th year, The Greats Awards have become the accolades to strive for, with the Awards event itself one of the most exciting and vibrant in the country, bringing together the entire gift and home industry for an afternoon of celebration.
The Greats recognise and celebrate not only the top independent and multiple gift retailers regionally and nationally, but also ‘one off’ niche retailers and garden centres, as well as outstanding retail employees.
Barkers were nominated in the Best Department Store-Retailer of Gifts category, along with retailing greats including Fenwicks and John Lewis-Oxford Street...AND WE WON!!
We are delighted, congratulations to our fantastic team on the Gift Department, what an achievement!
Excellence in Housewares Awards 2016
Wednesday 5th October saw hundreds of Housewares industry 'stars' gather in style to celebrate the achievement of retailers and suppliers at the Lancaster Hotel in London.
Now in it's 17th year, this is the dedicated awards for the Housewares Industry, it's widely recognised as the 'Oscars' for the housewares trade.
Barkers Home were very fortunate to be nominated for not just one but TWO awards-Best Department Store (Independent) and Excellence in Retail Display (Independent)
We're very proud to announce that we WON the Excellence in Retail Display!
Julie (Cook, Wine & Dine manager) along with Becky, Ian and Guy were delighted to be presented with the award.
This prize is all the more special as it celebrates the hard work of a brilliant team on one of our newer departments, well done to everyone on Cook, Wine & Dine!
Our Cook, Wine & Dine department was delighted to welcome world famous chef Ken Hom to the store to do a cookery demonstration in front of over 150 excited and hungry customers.
He produced two different dishes using a delicious selection of ingredients and his range of woks and other cooking accessories (all of which are available to purchase in store!)
Samples of the dishes were then passed around the eager crowd to try for themselves, needless to say there was nothing left by the end of the day and the department had a record breaking day on wok sales!
On the back of the success of our grand opening of our 20,000sq ft extension we have been awarded 3rd place for the Member of the Year award (Single Store Category) by AIS, the buying group that Barkers and hundreds of other stores nationwide are part of.
We were nominated for this award by the suppliers and manufacturers that we deal with here in store, from both here and abroad, big brand household names!
Judging was based on how we process orders, invoices and deliveries and the overall look and feel of the store.
All of our hard work has paid off and the results are not only obvious to our valued customers but also our suppliers. A big thank you to them and a big thank you to our staff who make the store what it is today!
Wednesday 8th June saw the annual Building Excellence Awards take place at the Royal York Hotel, York.
Charles and Ian Barker attended along with Matt Aisbitt & David Hodgeson from SP&A architects, Phil Readman from Readman Associates and Peter Wharton & Jeff Cutting from Whartons Construction.
Many thanks to Matt Aisbitt who put us forward for the award, there were 15 different categories at the event and we were put forward for (and won) the Best Commercial Building/Scheme
The event was attended by over 200 people from various businesses & sponsors from around the region.