The Atlantic Dream Challenge 2018 Fundraiser


We’re delighted to be supporting The Atlantic Dream Challenge 2018 Fundraiser. It would be great if we could persuade our loyal friends and followers to get your oar in too!

In December 2018, two fantastic, brave (and slightly bonkers) friends of ours, Paul Hopkins and Phil Pugh (aka Two P’s in a pod!) will be taking part in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, one of the world’s toughest feats of endurance.

They will be rowing 2,550 nautical miles, from San Sebastian in La Gomera, Canary Islands, to Nelson’s Dockyard English Harbour, Antigua and Barbuda.

In the process, not only will they become the oldest team to take part – securing a place in the Guinness Book of World Records – but they’ll also be raising money for two charities close to their hearts: Tiny Lives and The Fire Fighters’ Charity.

Paul and Phil already have their boat – it was hand-built 15 years ago and has already made the Atlantic crossing three times.

We’ll be posting news on our social media pages and our website about the Challenge and the lead-up to it, as well as inviting you to events to help raise funds for their charities.

For example, we’re hoping to arrange for the boat to be ‘moored’ outside our bar for a day so that we and our customers can sign it. Signature space on the boat will cost between £2 and £10 depending on where it appears, and all donations will go to charity. So the boat will be ‘Powered by the People of Newcastle’! Each signatory will receive a wrist band with info about the Race website so that they can follow the progress of Paul and Phil’s journey across the Atlantic from December. 

We’ll also have Brinkburn St. Brewery’s Atlantic Dream Ale for sale at the events and at our Bar & Kitchen; in bottles, cask or keg, depending on the location. For each bottle or pint sold, we’ll donate a percentage of the sale to both the Tiny Lives and The Fire Fighters’ charities.

To read more information about Paul and Phil, the Challenge and the fund-raising events, please visit:

Jude Bazen