TWO Barnsley ladies will be rowing their way across the English Channel next month - and have raised more than £20,000 for two charities.

Linda Jackson, 47, of Silkstone, and Come Dine With Me contestant Verene Farrell, 44, of Royston, are hoping to make it in one piece when they join five other friends from Wakefield to row from Dover to the French coast on June 23.

The seven women have called themselves the Channel No 7 Rowers - a play on the famous Chanel No 5 perfume - and even their specially-made uniforms sport life rings in the style of the famous 'CC' logo.

Between them they have 'little experience' of rowing but are feeling positive about taking on the choppy waters of one of the world's busiest shipping lanes.

They're doing it to raise money for Meningitis UK and the Children's Heart Federation. A friend of Linda's son died of meningitis.

"It really struck a chord and we all said we need to do something," she said.

"But I thought we should do something a bit different and we'd seen the comedian John Bishop row the English Channel for Sport Relief.

"It's taken over a bit really and we've raised tons of money and we've got more than £20,000 now."

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