By LYDIA CATLING FOR MAILONLINE

A grandfather has become the oldest person to row 3,000 miles solo across the Atlantic Ocean, raising more than $960,000 for dementia research.

Frank Rothwell, 70, from Oldham, set off from La Gomera in the Canary Islands on 12 December and crossed the finish line in Antigua in the Caribbean on Saturday – reuniting with Judith, his wife of 50 years, in good time for Valentine’s Day.

He said crossing the finish line was a “completely euphoric moment” as he raised more than $960,000 for Alzheimer’s Research UK in tribute to his brother-in-law Roger, who died with Alzheimer’s aged 62 during his journey.

Iceland Foods Charitable Foundation has pledged to double the first $686,000 of donations.

Rothwell went on: “I felt quite emotional approaching the finish. It took six long weeks to row the Atlantic, but the challenge itself has taken over 18 months of training and preparation, so I’m very proud of what I’ve achieved and the unbelievable journey I’ve been on.

Read the original article on The Daily Mail

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