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Oarsman takes on Atlantic trial.

A British oarsman is making his final preparations for an attempt to row solo across the Atlantic in a plywood boat -three years after he was forced to abandon the marathon journey.

Richard Wood, from Northwick, Worcester, aims to set off from La Gomera in the Canary Islands on January 20 and hopes he will reach Barbados 65-70 days later.

The father-of-three was thwarted in 2001 when his rowing partner had to pull out after he scalded his hand while cooking, but he still managed to raise pounds 18,000 for Worcester's St Richard's Hospice.

The youth worker, in his 40s, plans to head out on January 6 to prepare his boat, named NaJoJo.

'I am looking forward to it. I will put my feet up for a few days before going out there, but the problem this time has been finding the time to raise funds for the hospice,' he said.

'So far, I have only raised about pounds 1,000 so any donations to the hospice before, during or after the trip would be greatly appreciated.' Donations can be made by calling the charity's hotline on 01905 727 444.

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