A man is rowing from the Isles of Scilly to Falmouth in a custom-built skiff named after his late father who died of vascular dementia in 2015.

James Boughton, from Falmouth, is taking on the challenge in order to raise money for Dementia UK.

He has raised an impressive £865 at the time of writing, only three days after setting up the fundraising page on Facebook.

James said: "It's something I've wanted to do for a long time since my father passed away. It's a horrendous illness. I just want to make a difference."

Posting on the Facebook page James's Solo Row from St Mary's Isles of Scilly to Falmouth, James described how it was "incredibly hard" to watch his dad's health deteriorate over the last few years of his life.

He will be setting off from St Mary's on August 31, weather permitting, giving him three months to get fit enough to tackle the 18-hour row.

James works for Rustler Yachts and is no stranger to being out at sea, but admits that "the physical side of it's going to be a challenge".

His skiff is being built by Falmouth Marine School and will be named Lawrence after his late father, who "loved nothing more than being on the water".

After returning to dry land in Falmouth, James will be auctioning off the custom skiff with all proceeds going to Dementia UK.

James said: "I have already had lots of support from local companies. It's all coming together, it's fantastic."

He also thanked his partner Katie Zaccardelli for helping to set up the fundraiser, saying "I couldn't have done it all without her."