2019 Charity of the Year: The Rowing Machine


The Rowing Marine

We are thrilled to be supporting Lee Spencer as our 2019 charity of the year.

It’s that time of year again, the madness of Christmas is over, we’ve all made it through January unscathed and now we are truly ready to get stuck into 2019. And with that comes a new charity to support.

And while we’ve been easing ourselves back into reality slowly and perhaps swapping the cheese and wine for a little bit more fruit and water our charity has been a lot more proactive in 2019 than we think we might be for the next 5 years.

So let us introduce you to Lee Spencer, aka, The Rowing Marine. Currently Lee is currently attempting to be the world’s first physically disabled person to row this route solo and unsupported; sailing from Gibraltar to Venezuela. But first a little bit more history on Lee.

Lee was a serving Royal Marine for 24 years. After coming through three operational tours of Afghanistan unscathed, Lee lost his right leg after being hit by flying debris as he was helping a motorist who had crashed into the central reservation of the M3 in Surrey in 2014.

Following a medically induced coma, five weeks in hospital and a long stay in rehabilitation while recovering from his injuries Lee began planning his future.

Lee was shortlisted for the 2014 Pride of Britain award.

Lee was shortlisted for the 2014 Pride of Britain award.


In 2015 Lee set on his first adventure: The Row-to-Recovery team. The Row-to-Recovery team consisted of a group of 4 injured veterans had just 3 legs between them. The spent 46 days rowing 3000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean. They were the first British military all amputee team of four to row an ocean.

Fast forward to today and Lee is on the open seas. At the time this post goes out Lee has already gone past the half way mark of the journey. He has currently conquered 1481.5nm down and has 1768 to go.


Lee is raising money for The Endeavour Fund and the Royal Marines Charity. The Endeavour Fund is a programme managed by The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. It supports wounded, injured and sick Service Personnel and Veterans using sport and adventurous challenges as part of their recovery and rehabilitation.

The Royal Marines Charity offers a range of services to both serving and veterans. From financial assistance to advice on finding a second, meaningful career.


We are so pleased to pledge our support to Lee this year and we are looking to do extra throughout the year to boost our final total. Make sure to keep up to date with us on Facebook and our charity page to see what we have planned.

For more information about Lee, you can follow his journey on Facebook or visit: www.leespencer.co.uk