Charles James
J Sea J Atlantic Challenge

Between 2007 and 2010 my father and former Roehampton Club Member, Jeremy James, found himself fighting cancer; unfortunately, he lost his battle in May 2010. To mark the decade anniversary since we lost him, I wanted to do something memorable and get as close as I could to the challenge he faced.

Therefore, I have decided to take on the following four challenges across an 18-month period; Richmond Marathon (completed), Marbella 70.3 Ironman, Wales Ironman and the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2020. I believe that these events will put me through both the mental and physical challenges Jeremy went through, or as close as I can imagine and create without battling the dreadful disease myself.

The reason for supporting Cancer Research UK is obvious. It is a charity, which is very close to my family’s heart. Around one in every two of us will be diagnosed with a form of cancer in their lifetime but there is a cure out there and I hope with your generosity that we will be able to support this fight to fund future research.

The other two charities I will be supporting are Shipston Home Nursing and Tusk. SHN are based in Warwickshire and was founded in 1997 with the purpose of caring for patients with illnesses which do not respond to curative treatment and who wish to be nursed at home. Their nursing services are managed through a team of Registered General Nurses specialising in palliative care supported by Health Care Assistants. 

Tusk is a charity, closely supported by my sister – another former Roehampton Club Member – who, along with others, currently holds the world record for the highest (altitude) cricket match ever played – this was on top of Mount Kilimanjaro. For almost thirty years, Tusk has supported forward-thinking and successful conservation intervention in Africa. From the plains of the Serengeti to the rainforests of the Congo Basin, they’re working towards a future in which people and wildlife can both thrive across the African continent.

If you would like to read further about the challenges or the charities, please do visit the official website – – and if you would to donate towards my fundraising target, please click on the following link –