Paul Berry in his boat Rosemary.

An Isle of Wight man has started his challenge to row around the Island in aid of two charities.

Paul Berry set off from Ventnor at 4am this morning (Thursday) and aims to complete the row in 24 hours.

Paul’s rowing for charities Papyrus and Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust.

Starting in Ventnor and finishing back there too, Paul is rowing for suicide prevention charity Papyrus and the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust:

“My stepfather took his own life and 2018 marks the tenth anniversary of that, that’s why I’ve chosen Papyrus. I’ve also chosen the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, although my nan wasn’t involved within the charity, she was always really supportive of us grandchildren.

“She lost her decade-long battle with cancer last year. Because of those two reasons and the anniversaries, it’s a good chance for me and a reason to get on and do this.”

Paul learnt to row when he was 5 years-old but the only real practice he has ever had is rowing around lobster pots.

Using the tide to carry him around the Island in his boat, Rosemary, Paul is travelling approximately 54 nautical miles or 62 statute miles.