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Stoke-on-Trent hospice London to Paris row gets under way

Boats on River Thames Image copyright Donna Louise Trust
Image caption The 24-person team set off at 08:00 BST on Monday morning

A team including West Bromwich Albion head coach Tony Pulis has embarked on a non-stop six-day row from the Tower of London to the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

The crew of 24 is raising money for the Donna Louise Trust, a hospice in Stoke-On-Trent.

Other oarsmen include actor and comedian Hugh Dennis and TV presenter Nick Hancock.

It will take about 15 hours to row down the Thames before attempting the channel crossing.

The 450 nautical mile challenge has been branded the "Everest of open-water rowing", and fewer than 100 people have completed the route.

The two Cornish Gigs are expected to arrive in Paris on Monday 1 June.

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