Scott of the Atlantic’s rowing fundraiser

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An intrepid fundraiser is bidding to tackle the high seas and row the Atlantic to raise money for charity.

Scott Etherington, 33, is taking on the 3,600-mile challenge to raise cash for Diabetes UK.

Mr Etherington, who is originally from Raunds but now lives in Hertford, said: “It’s going to be a big challenge but I’m looking forward to it.

“I will be giving talks in some schools about the challenge, so hopefully it will inspire a few people to take up exercise, and also think that anything is possible.”

Mr Etherington is taking part in The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge and will take to the seas with his rowing partner Viktor Mattsson.

This year’s race begins on December 2, with participants travelling from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to Antigua in the Caribbean.

Rowers must row two hours on, two hours off for the duration of the crossing which, for some, can be more than 100 days.

Of the 18 boats which started the 2011 race, only 11 managed to finish.

Mr Etherington will be visiting Sir Christopher Hatton School in Wellingborough on Friday to give a talk about his expedition.

The school is also having a mufti day to raise funds for the charity.

Mr Etherington said donations can be made at www.justgiving.com/atlanticinspiration and will be welcomed.