A man who grew up on the Fylde coast is undertaking an epic – if lonely – challenge for charity by living on a deserted island for two months.
Nick Hancock, 38, who grew up in Ansdell and went to King Edward VII and Queen Mary School in St Annes, will spend 60 days and nights alone on a tiny island as he hopes to raise thousands of pounds for Help the Heroes.
The intrepid adventurer plans to leave for the 100ft wide island of Rockall off the West coast of Scotland in the last week of May and return in the first week of August.
Nick took up the challenge after he was awarded a £3,500 adventure scholarship from Preston-based sports business Kukri in February.
The scholarship was set up to encourage aspiring adventurers by offering not only a prize fund, but expert advice, kit and support. The finals were held in London with five of the seven finalists’ successful.
He said: “Winning a share of the inaugural adventure scholarship has been instrumental in the expedition going ahead this year.
“I have had to postpone the expedition twice before, and I’m excited that it will be going ahead this year with Kukri’s generous support and will enable me to complete this personal challenge and raise money for Help for Heroes.”
To be able to survive the 60 days alone he’s converted an eight-foot water tank to live in.
Inhabiting the islet will be no easy task.
It’s constantly pounded by more than 3,000 miles of Atlantic swell and waves around the islet have been known to reach as high as 95ft.
Only four people have ever slept on Rockall and less than 100 have landed on it.
Rockall Island – The history
Kukri’s founder and group managing director, Phil Morris said: “We were really inspired by Nick’s challenge.
“It will take not only a huge amount of mental strength to get through this challenge but physically it’s huge too.
“We’re really proud to be able to have helped Nick realise his dreams and wish him luck.”
Rockall island – a brief history Rockall lies roughly 240 miles west of the Outer Hebrides.
In 1956 the British scientist James Fisher referred to the island as “the most isolated small rock in the oceans of the world.”
The ownership of Rockall is disputed. The islet is claimed by Denmark – for the Faroe Islands – Iceland, Ireland and the United Kingdom.
In 1997, global warming campaigners Greenpeace briefly landed on the island, renaming it Waveland.