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Four Oarsmen row into the record books

Inspired by Ben's courage Peter Robinson, a friend from Hong Kong, has completed the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge – 3,000 miles of rowing endurance – in record time. The Four Oarsmen, which also includes friends Dicky Taylor, George Biggar and Stuart Watts, were raising funds for two charities - Spinal Research in honour of Ben, and Mind in honour of George's mum Anne.

They rowed into English Bay, Antigua, after 29 days and 15 hours at sea, beating the previous record by an astonishing and truly heroic six days. Ben and the whole Kende family had been tracking The Four Oarsmen’s progress since day one and were all was extremely excited and moved by the result.

“This is all pretty amazing, incredible really. Peter’s is a bloody good bloke and a stand up guy. To do this for a friend is really something,” said Ben. “He visited me a few times in hospital, and I think he saw how important charities like Spinal Research are. It’s pretty important to me and a lot of the people in my life, so I’m just very grateful to them.”

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Inspired by his courage and determination, the Ben Kende Foundation was set up by friends and the community in 2011.

We support endeavors to improve the lives of spinally injured.

This site offers information on:-

- The latest research into spinal injury, mechanical assistance and others (and links to Spinal Research)

- Rehabilitation sites in the USA

- Wheelchair locals and travelers in Hong Kong

- Guidance on fund raising for those who need a new wheelchair or want to raise money for their own equipment