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Atlantic rowing challenge to help woman walk again

Matt Inglesby is raising money to help Kerry Greenfield Credit: ITV News

A woman from Widnes who lost the use of her legs could walk again thanks, in part, to a fitness trainer who is rowing across the Atlantic to help her.

Kerry Greenfield, 30, was born with Spina Bifida Occulta with Tethered Cord Syndrome.

Her condition deteriorated when she was 23 and, during surgery, in 2009, she became very ill.

A cutting edge ReWalk machine could enable her to walk again. And Matt Inglesby is rowing 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean to help raise the £50,000 needed to pay for it.

Matt Inglesby in training for his Atlantic rowing challenge Credit: ITV News

Matt, who works at Crossfit Faction in Widnes, aims to break the Atlantic rowing world speed record on the way.

You can find out more about his challenge here.


Merseyside man to row from London to Paris

A man from Merseyside who broke his back while climbing a Himalayan mountain has defied the odds to take on his next charity challenge.

Jonny Pattenden was a Royal Marines trainee when he fell down a crevasse in 2011.

He still reached the summit of Mera Peak in Nepal after the fall but had to be airlifted to hospital.

Now he's recovered from his injuries and he's rowing from London to Paris in aid of Help for Heroes.

Our Merseyside Correspondent Andy Bonner went to find out more

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North West rowers first to receive Olympics kit

A team group of the GB rowing team to compete at the 2012 Olympic Games Credit: PA Wire

Cheshire rowers Ric Egington and Matthew Langridge will be among the first members of Team GB to be given their official kit for the Olympics. The pair are part of the men's 8 squad that will compete in London. They're hoping to go one better than the silver medal they won in Beijing four years ago.


125,000 turn out for Chester's Olympic torch party - but mishap leads to city's rowers missing early morning send-off

Rowers from Chester's Grosvenor club had planned to be rowing under the city's Queens Park Bridge as the torch was carried over it and out of the city.

But organisers set runner Jennifer Moore off five minutes earlier than expected, meaning the rowers missed their moment with the torch.