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Paddle power

A MAN who has battled with depression is to attempt a 3400-mile solo row across the Atlantic to raise money for a mental health charity.

Niall Iain Macdonald plans to begin his voyage next month in a purpose-built ocean rowing boat. The 39-year-old from Inverness will take an uncommon route from New York to Stornoway, in the Western Isles, which he believes will take three months.

Mr Macdonald aims to raise £100,000 for Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) which provides help, information and support to those with mental health problems. He yesterday posed with the vessel outside the charity's offices in Glasgow.

He said: "With the help and support of family, friends and various health services, I overcame my problems.

"Since then I have tried to use my own experience to get people to talk more openly about mental health and show them that there is help and they are not alone."

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