In July 2024 former Royal Marine, Lee Spencer, is taking on his next challenge and will lead a team of rowers comprising two Ukrainian Wounded, Injured and Sick (WIS) and two British WIS to row unsupported across the Atlantic. The row will raise money to help with Ukrainian WIS rehabilitation and will also display solidarity between the UK and Ukraine.
The team will consist of Lee himself, Dmytro Rezvoy (who built the boat), Ivan Gavrylko, Semen Lagun (Sam), Derman Ihor Olehovych (Igor) and Andy Merry.
Since the onset of the war in Ukraine, numerous western countries have rallied behind Ukraine, extending their support through humanitarian, financial and military aid. The United Kingdom has emerged as the second-largest contributor, having pledged £4.6 billion in military assistance to Ukraine so far.