Princess Margaret's grandson Arthur Chatto is rowing around the U.K. for COVID-19 relief and cleaner oceans

By Heather Cichowski

Arthur Chatto, Princess Margaret's grandson, has embarked on a charity rowing endeavour around the United Kingdom to raise money for the British Red Cross' COVID-19 response and for Just One Ocean, a charity which campaigns against plastic pollution in oceans.

The 21-year-old fitness trainer is part of the Exe Endurow team, along with three of his university friends: Charles Bromhead, Harry Lidgleyand and Oliver Dawe-Lane.

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Busy day at sea yesterday. Very strong winds off Margate threatened to push us into shipping lanes on Monday night, so we deployed our drogue (small parachute anchor). This held us well going south, but the north-going tide and wind combined to push us out into the North Sea! Tough day battling wind, tide, and large swell to get back to Margate, where we anchored overnight. A great shift from the team, working to support each other in adverse conditions! . . A frustrating day or so, but cheered by the knowledge that our efforts are helping the crucial work of two charities @justoneocean @britishredcross - we know they’ll massively appreciate any support, so please consider donating! . . #resilience #oceanrowing #GB #GreatBritishRow #gbrow . . @allsportsnu @clarity_enviro @couttsbank @jottnar @kendalmintco @powertraveller @vivobarefoot @rxbar @roosterkit @ebwatches @timney_fowler @osbornestudiogallery @eosphere_uk @justoneocean @britishredcross

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According to their website, they want to raise ample funds for their chosen charities, which will be split equally, while breaking a record.

"Our aim is to become the youngest team to ever row non-stop unsupported around the UK, in order to raise as much money as possible for JustOneOcean," the group explained.

"We hope to raise as much money as possible for our chosen charities: The British Red Cross, to support the response to COVID-19 and JustOneOcean, a charity committed to protecting our oceans."

The group described themselves as "four students with no previous rowing experience taking on a challenge that has only ever seen 14 successful finishers."

Exe Endurow has the goal of raising approximately $256,922 for their chosen charities. Donations are being accepted now via their Just Giving page.

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Arthur is the son of Lady Sarah Chatto and Daniel Chatto. He and his team set off on their expedition from Tower Bridge in London on July 5. He spoke about how the team had taken precautions in light of the coronavirus when he announced their departure on social media.

"Finally underway on our row around Great Britain, after carefully self-isolating as a team, we left Tower Bridge at 2am on Sunday." Arthur said, alongside a video of the group out in the water.

"We are unbelievably proud to be supporting the British Red Cross COVID-19 response and Just One Ocean, committed to protecting our oceans for future generations.

"I would really appreciate any support that you can give these two amazing charities."

Supporters can track the group's progress and find out updates on their website and Instagram.

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