FACE THE CHALLENGES,
MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Introducing Team Status Code 14!

We are a small group of friends who have similar goals, ethos and a love of adventure who have come together to complete a number of significant physical challenges to raise funds and awareness of two charities which are close to our hearts.

We will be completing a channel swim, rowing the Atlantic, an ultra marathon and a Hike and Fly from Mont Blanc.

But why?

Have you ever had to make an emergency call for help? If you have, you will have been assisted by one of the many calm and courageous police officers, paramedics, fire officers and staff who dedicate their lives to keeping others safe.

Status Code 14 is a UK National Emergency Services radio request call used when the sender requires an urgent callback, help or assistance. But what about the staff behind those emergency calls? They are routinely exposed to distressing and traumatic incidents, alongside demanding workload pressures. Stress and PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) is now well recognised within the military community, but the Police, Ambulance and Fire Services are increasingly falling further behind. Who is there to help them?

Team Status Code 14 want to enable those who ‘press the button’ to get the help they need both with stress in the short and long term. Funds raised from our challenges will go to our first chosen charity who support the cause, and direct to individuals who may not be able to access the support they need through what’s offered by the emergency services.

Talking about opening up, this leads us on to our second charity, The Chestnut Appeal. When it comes to men’s cancer, most men don’t know what’s normal and what’s abnormal – and are afraid to ask.

This has got to change. Prostate, penile and testicular cancer can be checked and successfully treated – but checking needs to become a habit and talking about it and educating men is paramount. Team Status Code 14 want to raise awareness of men’s cancer and that a regular check could potentially save a life.

If you would like to sponsor or get involved, please continue to read on and contact us using the details below.

The Challenges

Tri-Relay

Our team will run, swim and bike as a relay from London to Paris in August 2021.

Ultra-Marathon

Two of our team members will race across the Namibian desert in November 2021.

Atlantic Challenge

Our team will race in the world’s toughest row – The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge in 2022.

Hike and Fly Mont Blanc

Our team will climb and paraglide from the summit of this iconic mountain.

The Charities

The Chestnut Appeal For Men’s Health

Raising awareness of Men’s Cancer throughout the South-West.

Rock2Recovery

Inspiring the fight against stress in our armed forces, veterans, blue light services and their families.

The Team

Simon Lemon

Education, sport, adventure and the protection of others have been the driving forces throughout Simon’s life. Whether it was summiting big peaks in the Alps and Rockies or competing in the 09 – 10 Clipper Round The World Yacht Race, it was in these challenging environments that he felt the most fulfilled. These driving forces and his love of extreme challenges became the nucleus for his concept for Team Status Code 14.

Steve Dredge

Adventure, believing anything is possible and a love of the outdoors has been the catalyst for some of the great moments in Steve’s life and the mantra that kept him going through his toughest of times.

Our Ambassadors

Squash Falconer

“The first time I heard about the Status Code 14 team I understood they would be attempting to climb and paraglide from the summit of Mt Blanc, Europe’s Highest mountain.  No small feat and a very impressive challenge.  Soon after, I learned this was just one of their four ambitious projects; they also plan to swim the channel, race across the Namibian dessert and row across the Atlantic in the World’s Toughest Ocean Rowing  race – The Talisker Whisky Challenge. Having got to know more about the individuals in the team I quickly realised that they were serious, capable and this was going to be a journey I wanted to support, follow and be a part of (in spirit!).  Having done endurance expeditions myself I know that physical strength alone is not enough.

These types of challenge require physical, mental and emotional strength but also a deep understanding of your ‘why’.  Each member of Status Code 14 has all of these qualities.  The two charities they are supporting; The Chestnut Appeal for Men’s Health and Rock2Recovery are close to home for each of them and will be a driving force inside when the going will inevitably get tough. From the concept of Status Code 14 it’s clear that meticulous planning and preparation have been executed.  This is going to be a wonderful adventure!

Squash Falconer is a record-breaking adventurer, speaker and presenter. Combining her love of different sports Squash was the first British woman to climb and paraglide from the summit of Mont Blanc having ridden there from the UK on her motorbike – and that’s just one of her many incredible achievements. Passionate about sharing her adventures, Squash has a unique and quirky outlook on life and firmly believes that with the right attitude every one of us can achieve our goals and dreams.

Sponsorship

This is the start of our journey but we recognise the importance of having a wider team involved in our forthcoming challenges. Weʼre offering your business or organisation the chance to become corporate sponsors of the Status Code 14 challenges.