A MERSEYSIDE soldier and two of his colleagues are set to attempt a 24-hour row in Liverpool city centre.
Drew Knowles, 26, from Formby, and friends Alan Taylor, 28, from Southampton, and Isaac Longdon, 25, from Rhyl, have planned the challenge as part of a series of fundraising events for Cancer Research UK and Dogs for the Disabled.
The three, who are all airborne engineers in 51 Parachute Squadron of the Royal Engineers, will set up two rowing machines used in the challenge outside McDonald’s on Church Street at 9am on Saturday, November 3, before moving the challenge to Concert Square in the evening.
Drew said: “It is going to be tough but we’re well up for the challenge.
“Everyone has asked what we think it will be like doing the row in Concert Square on a Saturday night but hopefully it will be good for fundraising because there will be so many people there.”
The two charities are both causes close to Drew’s heart.
He said: “My sister Natalie is 13 and has cerebral palsy. She’d love to have a helping dog.
“My mum is fighting cancer at the moment. She has a tumour behind her eye. She started having treatments and it cleared up but when she went for a six month check up they told her it was coming back so we’re just at that stage now.
“I known she’s very proud of the fundraising I’m doing though, she talks about it all the time.”
Alan and Isaac have also been affected by cancer.
Drew said: “Both of their dads have had cancer and Alan’s dad died from it.
“We were all doing fundraising separately and decided we wanted to do something together.”
The three hope to raise at least £3,500 for the two charities and have more fundraising events planned.
To sponsor them go to www.justgiving.com/teams/ 24hourrow.