Ex-servicemen raise the bar!

David Oakes, of Stanford-Le-Hope in Essex, brought together a team of colleagues from transportation company Bombardier to take on the challenge of lifting 250 tons, the equivalent weight of an eight car tube train, to raise money for CLIC Sargent.

The group - all ex-servicemen - took to the challenge with gusto, lifting 41 tons each by doing deadlifts, bench presses and squats - and completed it with 15 minutes to spare!

Ex-servicemen raise the bar!

Amazing achievement

At the Ripped Gym in Harlow, the team of six set out to achieve the incredible challenge in less than three hours.

There was a lot of adrenaline, pain and sweat along with great team work and support from each other, which meant they not only completed the challenge, but did it with 15 minutes to spare!

David said: "We would like to thank everyone for their support, we have already raised nearly £700 and we would love to make it to £1,000. 

"The team put in as much training time as possible, which is tough when on shift work. A couple had to drop out but a couple of guys stepped in with only a month to go to make sure we completed the challenge."

Determination and pride

CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Karen Roberts said: "It was amazing to watch these guys lift the equivalent of a 16 stone person over 400 times each! 

"The pain and determination was written all over their faces, only to be replaced by relief and pride when they completed the task. Some of them were even going off to work the night shift later that day! 

"I really hope they reach the £1,000 target they have set themselves as they put everything they had into it.
“Many families in Essex have to travel into London for treatment and this amount could pay for a family to stay in Paul's House, CLIC Sargent's Home from Home in London, for a month to be near their child having treatment.”

Find out more

To find out how you could organise your own event for CLIC Sargent, please contact CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Karen Roberts on 01284 829 090 or email: karen.roberts@clicsargent.org.uk.