THREE rowers are taking on an indoor rowing marathon challenge to raise much-needed funds for West Mercia Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre.

Kerrie Best, who works at West Mercia Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre (WMRSASC), along with Aaron Keay and Neil Blake will be rowing 42,195 metres each at Roots fitness in Droitwich to try and raise money for children’s counselling on Sunday, November 26.

The head of operations at the organisation said: “This is the most difficult challenge I have undertaken.

"I am really grateful for the support from Neil and Aaron and the wider Roots team in getting us ready.

"Having worked for WMRSASC for 15 years I know how vital it is to provide this support for children who have experienced sexual violence and any amount of funding the row raises will be put to good use.”

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Jocelyn Anderson, CEO at WMRSASC said: “I would like to thank Kerrie, Aaron and Neil and the wider Roots team for taking on this challenge and for supporting and raising awareness of our services.

"No one really likes to think that someone you know, or love could be affected by sexual violence, especially when they are a child but the sad fact is that around 1 in 6 children will be sexually assaulted before they are 16 years old.

"Raising funding for our services is very difficult, we are the sort of service that you only find when you need us.

"We have recently suffered a 47 per cent cut in our central government funding which will have a significant impact on our ability to provide our services, all funding is most welcome and appreciated – if you can support this team by sponsoring their rowing challenge, please do so – all funds raised will go directly to service delivery.”

To donate, search Kerrie's fundraiser for WMRSASC on JustGiving's website.