One month to go until Nick Hancock heads to Rockall

Nick Hancock (38), of Ratho, Edinburgh, is planning to land on the extremely remote and dangerous Isle of Rockall, in the North Atlantic, in early June 2013 to raise funds for Help for Heroes.

Nick is aiming to stay on Rockall for 60 days, landing from Orca 3, which is owned and operated by Atlantic Marine Services, in what is planned as one of the most ambitious island occupations the world has ever seen. Nick hopes to set two new occupation records and raise money for Help for Heroes.

With just one month to go until Nick heads out to Harris in the Outer Hebrides to await a suitable weather window in which to land with his equipment, preparations continue apace.

Nick said: “The RockPod survival shelter I have constructed is almost complete. It was recently insulated by Foamspray Technologies in Leeds, and I am now finishing it internally. The majority of my equipment and supplies have arrived and I have been distributing and packing them in the plastic drums, donated by Smiths of Dean, which I will use to get my kit onto Rockall.

“I fully expect that I will have to repack several times to ensure I know where everything is, but otherwise I feel confident that I will be ready in a month’s time for this amazing adventure.”

Help for Heroes was founded by Bryn and Emma Parry in October 2007 out of a desire to help the wounded Servicemen and women returning from Afghanistan and Iraq and provides direct, practical support to those injured in the current conflicts.

Bear Grylls has said that Rockall Solo is “An ambitious, exciting (and wonderfully mad!) project, but in aid of a life-changing charity that needs our help”.

You can sponsor Nick online by visiting Raising funds for Help for Heroes at