A Royal Marine is training up to break the Atlantic Ocean rowing speed record.
Matthew Mason, of Lower Barnes Street, Clayton-le-Moors, will row 2598 miles from Grand Canaria to Barbados to raise £20,000 for the Royal Marine Charitable Trust.
The 24-year-old, who has served as a marine for six years, said the current world record stands at 32 days but they are hoping to complete it in under 30 days.
Matthew, who is a member of 43 Commando, will team up with seven other men for the challenge and hope to set sail in February next year.
He said: “As a Royal Marine Commando and having served three tours of Afghanistan I have seen what operations can not only do to men both mentally and physically, but also what it can do to their families and loved ones.
“I am rowing across the Atlantic to raise money for the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund who support injured and wounded Royal Marines and their families, especially those making the hard transition from military to civilian life.
“They also provide ongoing support to Royal Marines who face or have faced successive tours in high threat environments such as Iraq and Afghanistan,
providing adventure training, funding for homecoming events, financing memorials.
“As well as all this, the charity provides support and a grant to the families and loved ones of Royal Marine that have died or been killed in service.
“The Charity is a great one and is very much apart of the Royal Marines.”
He added: “More people have climbed Mount Everest and been into space than have rowed an Ocean so please donate and make a difference to someone else's life.”
The crossing will be done with four men rowing and four men resting in two-hour shifts as they battle again high seas, fatigue and rapid weight loss.
To sponsor Matthew visit www.justgiving.com/mattmason12.