World record breaking brothers are in high spirits ahead of fundraiser

WORLD record breaking brothers are in ‘high spirits’ - as they team up with their whisky expert father for a charity event to support children and families across Scotland, tomorrow – 10th September.


Jamie, Ewan and Lachlan MacLean from Edinburgh made global headlines in January for setting three world records after rowing the Atlantic Ocean in just 35 days, raising an incredible £80,000 for Children 1st, Scotland’s National children’s charity. Now back on dry land, the tenacious trio, known as Team Broar, are set to raise even more money for the charity by teaming up with their father Charlie MacLean, Scotland’s leading whisky expert, for a sell-out online whisky tasting event.

Jamie, who now lives in Glasgow and works as a landscape designer alongside his 22-year-old brother Lachlan, said the incredible work that Children 1st does to support children and families across Scotland is the motivation behind their extraordinary fundraising feats.

The 26-year-old said: “When we spoke to the team at Children 1st, we were blown away by their passion, enthusiasm and the huge variety of work that they do. “We’ve raised about £80,000 for Children 1st so far but the aim is to raise £125,000.”

Whisky legend Charlie MacLean said he’s so proud of his sons and is thrilled to be joining them for the whisky tasting event. He said: “I’m so proud of them, what an extraordinary effort. What kept the boys going during the row was thinking about raising money for charity especially Children 1st – it’s such a worthwhile charity. I’m really looking forward to joining them and helping to raise even more money for the charity at the whisky tasting event, it’s going to be a great night.”

Charlie, who has penned 17 books, is the Master of the Quaich and is in the Whisky Hall of Fame, will lead the online whisky tasting event. Jamie added: “We’re very excited and are looking forward to it. The centre piece on the night will be our dad, he’s the world expert on Scottish single malt so I think the whisky tasting is going to be great. We’re very proud of our dad, he’s a remarkable man. He managed to turn something he loved into a career that has lasted for decades which is something I think we should all strive to achieve. He inspired us all from a young age. His approach to life is inspirational in the way that he’s made his own way, he’s not followed the herd.”

Jamie, Lachlan and eldest brother Ewan, 28, who lives in Bristol and works as a design engineer for Dyson, will also re-live their epic 3000 mile row across the Atlantic from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to Antigua. Jamie: “The row was a totally unforgettable experience. It’s the hardest thing we’ve ever done but also the most rewarding.”

Charlie added: “It was a terrific effort. They weren’t setting out to win but they did win and broke these three world records which was really a wonderful reward for all the work they put into it.”

The money raised by the MacLean family will go towards developing Children 1st Parentline – which offers free, confidential, online and telephone support for anyone caring for a child in Scotland -every day of the year.

Gary Kernahan, the director of fundraising at Children 1st, said: “It’s hard to put into words how grateful we are to the MacLean family for their incredible support. The money they raise means that we will be able to help more families to get support at the touch of a button through Children 1st Parentline.”

The brothers aim to raise £250,000 split between Children 1st and Feedback Madagascar. 
To donate go to https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/Broar.
Children 1st Parentline can be contacted over the phone on 08000 28 22 33 or via webchat at www.children1st.org.uk/parentline. A wide range of support for parents and carers can also be found on this website.