TO KEEP themselves fit and amused while a third national lockdown prevents rowing, members of Bridport Gig Rowing Club have joined the Alzheimer’s Research UK ‘Rowing for Research’ challenge.

‘Rowing for research’ allows rowers to clock up the kilometres on rowing machines whilst securing sponsorship to raise money to fund life-changing dementia research, and supporting a cause close to many of our hearts.

Intrepid club members include David Thomas, Carol Marsh, Catriona McPhee, Helen Wrixon, Martin Huxter, David Lohfink and John Caswell, who between them have already rowed more than 1,200 kilometres, raising in excess of £2,000.

The challenge began on Thursday, October 1 and was due to finish on New Year’s Eve.

However, it has been extended to Sunday, February 28 to celebrate the incredible Frank Rothwell, who at 70 years old is solo rowing 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean.

Rothwell’s goal is to raise an incredible £1million for dementia research.

At the time of writing, he has already raised more than £542,000 towards the cause.

The whole club is supporting the challenge by sponsoring the rowers and sharing the link to encourage a few more pennies to ease their aches and pains.

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