AIG and Amaiz Back Guinness World Record Attempt to Raise Money for Motor Neurone Disease

  • Banking , Insurance
  • 10.06.2021 01:00 pm

Insurance company AIG and banking services app Amaiz, are set to sponsor a Guinness World Record attempt to travel from Lechlade to Teddington Lock in a pedalo non-stop to raise money for Motor Neurone Disease.  

The Challenging MND team on the pedalo will be led by Alex Gibson, who works at AIG as a Senior Capital Modeler and was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease four years ago, aged 39. Starting on the 16th June, the team aim to travel the 128-mile distance of the Thames non-stop.   Last August, Alex and the Challenging MND team made history by smashing the previous Guinness World Record and travelling from Lechlade to Teddington Lock in 2 days, 15 hours and 2 minutes – almost 2 days quicker than the previous record! 

On this latest attempt, the team hope to beat not just the record, but the amount of money raised, which was over £20,000 in 2020. The team joining Alex will once again be ex-England Rugby Union player Andy Long; Alun Thomas, AIG’s EMEA Head of Strategic Finance; and long-term friend Joe Reed. Challenging MND is a charity founded by Alex, which aims to help those living with Motor Neurone Disease complete challenges and fulfil dreams to create lasting memories.     

Andrew Cappaert, CEO of Challenging MND said: “We are incredibly grateful to Amaiz and AIG for their support and sponsorship. Having such fantastic companies back Challenging MND will not only help us to facilitate this record-breaking event, but provide an enormous boost to reaching our £30,000 fund-raising target. We also hope it enables us to raise even more awareness of Motor Neurone Disease as well as what we can offer people living with the condition – the chance to create lifelong memories with loved ones.  

“This is once again going to be a massive challenge, and even more amazingly, Alex and the team will be going non-stop for two days through the night.  We can’t wait to smash the Guinness World Record again and raise valuable funds to help us help the MND community.” 

Alex, now aged 43, founded Challenging MND following his own diagnosis. Throughout his life Alex has had a huge interest in sport and fitness, representing Great Britain in the decathlon and playing rugby for Barking; Brentwood; and Loughborough University.  So far Alex has raised over £220,000 for charity.   

To donate towards Alex and Challenging MND’s latest challenge, please go to   

If you would like to find out more about getting involved with Challenging MND, please call Andrew Cappaert, Chief Executive, Challenging MND on 01258 813950, email:; visit: or join the CMND community on social media (Facebook; Instagram; Twitter; and Linked In). 

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