A DIVER stayed on dry land for his latest fundraising challenge – rowing the distance of the English Channel.

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Paul Rosendale, a member of Mid Herts Divers in WGC, raised more than £2,200 by rowing the equivalent of the Straits of Dover – 21 miles – in two hours, 48 minutes and 19 seconds.

Paul formerly of The Paddocks, Codicote, said: “This wasn’t a one mile fun run or a three mile charity stroll. This was the rowing of the equivalent of a marathon and was expected to take between three and four hours.

“Anyone who has spent anytime on one of these rowing machines knows that this is extremely hard work.”

He was supported during the feat at Ericsson UK, Reading, where he works, by his colleague Darren Sherwood.

The money raised from the event will be split between the Willow Foundation, Dingley Wish Fund and Berkshire Cancer Centre Fund, a charity close to Darren’s heart as he has battled with skin cancer since November 2011.

Paul, who moved to Aylesbury in December, added: “This is the reason that raising funds for cancer is so personal and important to Darren. He classes himself as ‘one of the lucky ones’ and strives to help others who have not been so lucky.

“There are many forms of cancer, ending thousands of people’s lives, including one of his neighbours who died after a two year battle.

“Darren stands by this motto: ‘Think positive at all times. Positive thoughts can help someone to beat cancer, sickness or depression. Live every day as though it is your last’.”

Paul was sponsored generously by his friends at Mid Herts Divers.

Clive Murphy diving officer at Mid Herts Divers, who sponsored said: “Paul completed this amazing task and raised a fantastic amount in sponsorship money for charity.

“Well done Paul, a really fantastic effort!”

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