Four Pembrokeshire women are raising money to be the first all-Wales female crew to take on the World’s Toughest Row in 2025. 

The women behind the bid to row across the Atlantic in 2025, Merched y Mor, have raised £1,800 on a 24-hour rowing challenge at Solva beach picnic area. 

Merched y Mor rowed for 24 hours in Solva
Merched y Mor rowed for 24 hours in Solva (Merched y Mor)

The hardy rowers need the public’s help to make the challenge possible.  Their target is to raise £85,000 to enable Merched y Mor to fund the purchase of the boat and all the necessary equipment and support. All proceeds from the resale of the boat after the race is shared with their four chosen charities as part of the overall fundraising endeavour.

Once they reach the starting line, they will race across the Atlantic for charities Action for Children, RNLI, Popham Kidney Support and Sea Trust Wales.  Liz, Heledd, Denise and Helen are in training already for the 3000-mile race that will see them race from the Canary Islands to the Caribbean in December 2025.

Rower and mother-of-five, Helen Heaton, said:

“As the clock ticks steadily down to 2025, our training is going well and we’re performing well in competitions.  As challenging as the training is, getting to the starting line is equally tough, as we need to buy a boat and a host of equipment just to take part.  The 24-hour row will help us on towards our fundraising target and hope as many people as possible can come along and support this event.”

Merched y Mor is looking for sponsors both big and small, as well as support in kind, to help them achieve their dreams and to raise money for these four important charities.

To find out more about the team and how you can help, visit