The inaugural award for outstanding contribution to the Toy Trust was presented in January 2012 to Andrew Brown for his Transatlantic Challenge. On December 5th 2011, Andrew Brown set off from the Canary Islands to tackle the epic challenge of rowing 3,000 miles solo across the Atlantic Ocean to raise money for the Toy Trust and Help a Capital Child.
Prior to starting the race Andrew spent many hours training to prepare himself both physically and mentally for the challenge that lay before him. During the race Andrew faced some incredibly testing conditions where he battled stormy winds, rain and heavy seas, not to mention the extreme sleep deprivation of rowing and resting in two hour cycles. Andrew completed the race in a phenomenal 40 days 9 hours and 44 minutes and in the process broke the world record for the fastest solo row across the Atlantic Ocean. He raised more than £117,000 for the Toy Trust.