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Doctors and nurses set new record with "gruelling" journey

The rowers have raised £20,000 towards key facilities for children Credit: Southampton Hospital Charity

A team of Southampton doctors and nurses have completed a record-breaking 200km row from Jersey.

The gruelling 24-hour event, known as J2S and described as "epic" by five-time Olympic gold medallist Steve Redgrave, aims to raise £20,000 for the city's children's emergency and trauma department appeal.

It follows last year's 350-mile cycle event Tour de Wessex, which saw the children's emergency and trauma department team take in stops at all major trauma referral units across the region.

The Jersey to Southampton row, which has never been attempted before and will set a new world record, completes the team's target to cover the geographical area - Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Dorset, Devon, Wiltshire, Berkshire, West Sussex, the Channel Islands and Oxfordshire - that the specialist department will serve.

The rowing event had never been attempted before Credit: Southampton Hospital Charity

The state-of-the-art £5.1 million facility, which will see more than 30,000 youngsters every year, will include an eight-bed observation area, 11 glass-fronted and soundproof cubicles and on-hand x-ray facilities.

To fund the project, Southampton Hospital Charity has partnered with The Murray Parish Trust (TMPT), a charity formed by actress Sarah Parish and her actor husband James Murray in memory of their late daughter Ella-Jayne, to raise £2 million.

This will be matched by the government once the total is met and a further £1.1 million allocated by University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.