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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

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Man to row English Channel twice - without leaving Cumbria

A man will row twice the distance of the English Channel – without leaving Workington.

Colin Sharpe, 47, of Queen’s Avenue, Seaton, will this weekend tackle 42 miles on a rowing machine to help a major fundraising effort in memory of youngster Isla Holliday who died last year aged just four.

It is the latest in a series of challenges being organised as part of the Team Isla campaign which has already collected more than £40,000.

Kelly Holliday, of Calva Road, Seaton, is aiming to hit her £50,000 target in time for the anniversary of her daughter’s death next month.

Isla died last November after suffering from a rare genetic disease, sparking a huge fundraising drive from Kelly, 34, and her family and friends.

Mr Sharpe, business development manager at the Port of Workington, said: “Kelly has spearheaded this amazing fundraising campaign since her daughter passed away, and I wanted to do something to contribute.

“I was looking at doing something a little bit different.”

Alan Moore, of Intrim Fitness where the event is being held, is not only providing the rowing machine but will also give a year’s free gym membership to the passer-by who get closest to guessing how long the challenge will take.

The money will be split equally between the Rainbow Trust, which helps children with terminal or life-threatening illnesses, and the West Cumberland Hospital’s Fairfield ward where Isla received treatment.

The challenge begins at 10am on Sunday October 13.

Last month the Isla Holliday Memorial Golf Day attracted more than 100 players and raised £7,500.

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