VETERAN rowers will take on a charity challenge after one of them lost their daughter to cancer.

Norman Baldwin, a member of the crew from Evesham lost his daughter Trudi to the deadly disease.

Their suffering was made easier by the work of St Barnabas Hospice Trust in Lincolnshire, so the group are fundraising on behalf of them.

Francis Pinkerton, another of the rowers said: "Norman Baldwin, a member of our crew, and his wife Lin, lost their daughter Trudi to cancer recently after a long fight to beat it.

The rowers, are undertaking a 31 mile trip, a mean feat for a group aged 71, 69, 68 and 48 respectively.

"As will be well understood this was a very sad occasion for Norman, Lin, and all the family.

"Trudi's passing was made far more bearable for everyone by the actions of the amazing staff at 36 Nettleham Road, Lincoln who displayed such care, compassion and professionalism throughout.

"They need funding to continue their very important work and we hope you will be able to help.

"We are not in the first flush of youth but have decided to compete in the Lincoln to Boston Marathon that takes place on Sunday 17 September 2017 - a distance of 31 miles or 50.2 kilometres.

"We will be in a quadruple scull sculling as Evesham Rowing Club. We have our eye on trying to beat the current record for our class and have been training hard to achieve that end. Although that may be difficult to achieve, we will do our best."