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Indian Ocean Row 2018

UK crew aim to take new world speed record and help those diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease

In June 2018, a British crew, Indian Ocean 18, will be setting off from Western Australia to row 3,600 miles across the Indian Ocean in a 27-foot-long ocean rowing boat. Once they leave shore, they will be on their own in the vast open ocean and at the mercy of the elements. Powered only by their oars, the boat they will call home for anything between 65 and 85 days will have to provide everything they will need to survive. Rowing in 2 hour shifts and then resting for 2 hours, no member of the crew will have more than 90 minutes sleep at a time. It will be an enormous mental and physical challenge.


The reason for this incredible endurance challenge is to raise awareness of Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease (YOPD).

One of the Indian Ocean 18 crew has YOPD and the consequent media coverage surrounding the event is expected to provide the crew with the ideal platform to achieve this objective and hopefully inspire others with YOPD to find their own challenge, take up exercise and to keep moving.

It’s also hoped that they might set a new world speed record along the way…

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Mike Brown special ambassador for the CLEAR Trust

Mike Brown, special ambassador for the CLEAR Trust scored an amazing try to help England to their 3-0 series win against Australia!

Congratulations to the England Team, and our sincerest thanks to Mike for his continued support.

We’re hoping he’ll have time to fit visit to the Unit into his busy schedule when he gets home!!!

Six Nations star Mike Brown fundraises for the CLEAR Unit

Mike BrownCLEAR Trust is delighted to announce that our special ambassador, the international rugby superstar Mike Brown has recently been engaged in fund-raising for the charity. Mike, who is currently playing for England in the 6 Nations Rugby Tournament, raised the money by auctioning some of his unused England training kit. His donation will enable us to buy buying specialist equipment to provide exercise sessions to young people, some of whom are wheelchair bound with profound, multiple physical disabilities and learning difficulties.

Since Mike’s involvement, the CLEAR Trust has received its highest ever number of applications from students who elect to spend 150 hours in the Unit as part of their Work Experience Module at Oxford Brookes University. Everyone here at the Trust, and the students, children and adults who attend the CLEAR Unit thank Mike for his contribution. We wish him every success and, along with the rest of the country, sincerely hope he remains injury free for the rest of the season

More information can be found here on the Oxford Brookes news page

Rugby superstar Mike Brown becomes Special Ambassador to the Clear Trust

We are delighted to announce that international rugby player, Mike Brown (Harlequins and England) has agreed to act as special Ambassador for the CLEAR Trust during the 2015/16 season and beyond. Mike is currently playing for England in the Rugby World Cup, and in the opening game displayed the outstanding, man-of –the-match winning form that compelled the public to vote him RBS 6 Nations Player of the Championship in 2014.

Mike developed an interest in brain and spinal injury after suffering concussion during the 6 Nations tournament earlier this year. He has since made a complete recovery however, Mike has a deeper personal interest in the work of the CLEAR Trust because his father is occasionally wheelchair dependent due to multiple sclerosis.

After the World Cup Mike hopes to meet some of the children we work with, and pay a visit to the CLEAR Unit at Oxford Brookes University. In the meantime we wish him and the England team every success.

Patrick’s Triple-IRONMAN Challenge for CLEAR Trust

Patrick Esser“Starting on Friday the 30 of May, I’ll be commencing on one of my biggest ultra-triathlon challenges yet. I’m doing this challenge to raise money for the CLEAR at Oxford Brookes, a cause close to my heart as I have seen how effective the Unit has been in improving the lives of people with a range of neurological conditions including Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, MS, stroke and cerebral palsy to name a few. It also puts on regular sessions for children with movement disorders to help them to be physically active”.

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TEAM KIDS CLUB | 1000 Miles fundraiser

1000 miles

Junior members of the CLEAR Club are repeating last year’s Christmas challenge by cycling a total of 1000 miles on exercise bikes. The distance must be completed by 6.30pm, Thursday 19th December. They have 10 sessions in which to meet their objective. Last year, the target was only achieved during the last 5 minutes of the final session, so once again they will be stretched to the limit.

This year thee money raised will go towards the purchase of specialist equipment for children with muscular dystrophy, a progressively debilitating disease that causes severe muscle weakness and functional disability. The equipment will allow us to deliver safe therapeutic exercise programmes in the CLEAR Unit at Oxford Brookes University.

Please support our efforts this Christmas and help us make a difference.

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Annual 1 hour push-up challenge

The 2013 CLEAR annual 1 hour press-up challenge took place at Oxford Brookes University in January.

Jojo Dawes, Junior Pushup Champion 2013

Jojo Dawes, Junior Pushup Champion 2013

Robert Kenny won the Mens Open event with an astonishing 1866 push-ups, beating Daniel Toma into second place by only 50 (1810) push-ups. In third place was David Shorunke with 1051. Professor Helen Dawes won the woman’s title with 385.

Jojo Dawes won the Junior (under 17) title. She completed 250 push-ups in only 20 minutes (just off female world record pace). The event was well supported and raised almost £500.00 for the CLEAR Trust.


Andrea Dennis | John O’Groats to Lands’ End cycling fundraiser

“After enduring many years of him hassling me, I have finally given in and agreed to embark on the challenge of cycling from John O’Groats to Lands’ End with my bother, Jon Dennis.


The End to End race (everyone loves a bit of sibling rivalry) will commence on the 23March 2013 and we will be covering approx. 950 mile in 10 days.

We are lucky enough to have two support teams who will work in relay. For the first leg of the trip, which will take us from John O’Groats to Chester, our parents Bob and Charlotte will be in support. Once we have reached Chester, our other half’s Donna and Gregg will take over and help us the remaining distance to Land’s End. The teams have been specially selected for their unique attribute that will aid our success, which have been detailed below….well they can all drive and offered to help!

The charity that I chose to support is CLEAR Trust, a charity that aims to enable children and adults suffering from developmental and co-ordination difficulties, brain injury, spinal damage or long-term neurological disorders to participate in physical exercise and rehabilitation programmes”.

All donations were greatly received and we thank you for your support. Click here to see the amount raised.

The Team:

  • Andrea Dennis (West)– The Athlete
  • Jonathan Dennis– The other one
  • The Caravan (Support Team)
  • Bob Dennis- Nutritional lead
  • Charlotte Dennis– lead driver and technician & First Aid Enthusiast
  • Gregg West– team psychologist and hostage negotiator.
  • Donna Dennis – Press officer and team kit stylist.

1000 miles for the CLEAR Christmas Challenge

Junior members of the CLEAR Club were challenged to cover a total of 1000 miles in 4 weeks using exercise bikes and treadmills and in the process raised over £750.00 !

The funds will go towards buying new specialist exercise equipment for people with physical disabilities and learning difficulties. If you would like to support them, you still can by pressing the donate button.