Rower’s trip to Sheffield

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A DAD whose aim is to row a million metres to raise funds for a dyslexia charity will visit Sheffield later this year.

Gary Oldfield, aged 42, of Fleet in Surrey, is raising cash for Dyslexia Action after his London Marathon hopes were dashed when he was injured in a motorcycle smash.

He will visit Dyslexia Action’s Sheffield day centre in Norfolk Park Road, on Tuesday, August 2.

The centre opened in 1979 and provides support and tuition for over 100 students with the condition.

Gary’s plan is to row 1.09 million metres in 91 hours during his Million Metre Challenge.

He said: “For a long time I have wanted to fundraise for Dyslexia Action because one of my sons is dyslexic and I see first-hand the impact this hidden disability can have.

“My goal is to raise £20,000 to enable help and support for as many dyslexic children and adults as possible, so I needed to set myself a challenge worthy of everyone’s support.”

Dyslexia Action’s Sheffield manager, Mel Hunt said: “We are really pleased to be involved in such an amazing challenge and will be supporting Gary throughout.

“If successful the funds raised will make a huge difference to our Its ME! Learning Fund and how many people we can help in the community.”