A TEAM of fundraisers will face the ultimate rowing challenge next month when they cross the Atlantic Ocean for charity.

Ben Ajayi-Obe from Bracknell alongside teammates Isaac Kenyon, Jack Hopkins and Cameron Parker face the 3,000-mile journey, from the Canaries to Antigua.

The 'oarsome' foursome will spend four to six weeks in their boat, overcoming 20ft waves in a bid to raise £60,000 for two multiple sclerosis (MS) charities.

Funds will be donated to Berkshire MS Therapy Centre, where Ben's mother Rose visits weekly to manage her condition.

He said: "My mum has lived with MS for 18 years. Every day is a frustrating struggle, yet she overcomes her symptoms with sheer determination and grit.

"She has taught me that one grows as a person by overcoming adversity. The centre is a constant rock for those whose lives have been turned upside down, no number could ever reflect the real value you bring to the MS community."

Last year, Ben and teammate Isaac supported Rose through the Reading Half Marathon by pushing her in a specially designed wheelchair.

The challenge - called #row4rose - starts on December 12 and the team is expected to arrive in Antigua in January.

Throughout the year they have trained, studied and even broken world records in preparation for the toughest row on Earth

Samantha Harper, fundraising manager for Bekrshire MS Therapy Centre, added: "The Atlantic challenge has been years in the making and now we are so close it hardly seems real.

"It is going to take every bit of willpower, determination and strength they have. Luckily, these guys do not know the word quit.

"Their lives have revolved around training and we are in awe of their tenacity.

"We are thrilled they have decided to support the Centre. With no NHS funding, the money they will raise will allow us to make sure that local people with MS get the support they need."

Visit: www.atlanticdiscovery.co.uk to donate and support The Multiple Sclerosis Society and Berkshire MS Therapy Centre.