A DUO of Southampton firefighters will brave the waves of the Atlantic for mental health.

Adam Bundle, 39 and Stu Vince, 43, both from St Mary’s Fire Station, will spend 37 days rowing across 3,000 miles of the ocean to raise money for Solent Mind and The Fire Fighters Charity.

Their aim is to raise £100,000 when they set sail in December 2020 to take on the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, starting at Canary Islands and ending their journey in Antigua.

Firefighters Adam and Stu have both experienced battles with mental health in their careers while they face life or death situations and make decisions under pressure.

Mr Bundle admitted that this transatlantic challenge will be unlike anything he has faced before.

He said: “I’ve run the New York Marathon in breathing apparatus and won a charity boxing bout against the police.

“However, nothing I have previously done could prepare me for this physically and mentally testing voyage.”

Mr Vince withdrew from the 2010 Atlantic race after donating a kidney to a friend and, as a result, suffered severe mental health problems.

He hopes to give back to those that helped him and said: “My drive is to prove to my children that with determination and hard work you can overcome any adversity.

“It would be an absolute honour to raise money for both charities as they have helped in both my physical and mental fight to return to operational duty.”

Thirty teams will be taking on the challenge alongside them.

To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/atlanticrowingchallenge2020.