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Oldham man’s record-breaking Atlantic row raises £1m for Alzheimer’s charity, The Manc

Oldham man’s record-breaking Atlantic row raises £1m for Alzheimer’s charity

Frank leapt up from his chair and pumped his fists in delight when he saw the JustGiving total had hit the six-figure mark, claiming he was “absolutely buzzing”.
Oldham man’s record-breaking Atlantic row raises £1m for Alzheimer’s charity, The Manc
Image: Frank Rothwell / Talisker Whisky Challenge

Frank Rothwell’s record-breaking 3,000 mile row across the Atlantic has seen his charity fundraiser topple an incredible £1 million.

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The Oldham grandfather wrote his way into the history books last Sunday when he became the oldest man to complete the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge – which involves rowing from the Canaries to the Caribbean.

Frank’s journey involved 18 months of preparation and 56 days at sea – culminating in £1 million raised for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Frank leapt up from his chair and pumped his fists in delight when he saw the JustGiving total had hit the six-figure mark, claiming he was “absolutely buzzing”.

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Iceland Foods Charitable Foundation generously promised to match the funds raised by Frank – taking the fundraiser beyond its target.

Frank told Alzheimer’s Research UK that the target of £1m had been a “bit of a finger in the air”.

“A million just seems like good old round number to do,” he said.

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“And to achieve it is absolutely fantastic.”

Hilary Evans, chief executive of Alzheimer’s Research UK, said the charity was “honoured to have such amazing support”.

“[Frank’s] courage and determination helped him to complete his epic challenge and raise £1m for dementia research,” she added.

“This incredible amount will be a huge benefit to the groundbreaking research we carry out here.”

Learn more about Frank’s fundraiser here.

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