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Rowers raise funds for ‘toughest race on earth’

Diabetes UK supporters, Neil Hunter and Scott Mcnaughton, hosted a launch party at the London Canal Museum to continue fundraising for their row across the Atlantic ocean.

Neil, who has insulin-treated Type 2 diabetes, is thrilled to be taking on such an enormous challenge. “Although having diabetes affects my life,” he said, “it most certainly does not inhibit my life.”

Along with 20 other vessels, the team will depart from the Canary Islands on 2 December 2007 and aims to row two hours on and two hours off, 24 hours a day, non-stop for 60 days before arriving in Antigua. Their 2935-mile course is often described as the toughest race on earth.

Douglas Smallwood, Chief Executive of Diabetes UK, said: “Neil and Scott have an excellent chance of completing the race. Sir Steve Redgrave has shown that diabetes does not diminish anyone’s competitive edge.”

The launch party featured a live auction that eventually raised around £4,000 for the cause.

If you’d like to help Diabetes UK by sponsoring Scott and Neil on their ocean challenge, please go to

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