One Million Kilo Challenge
Local personal trainers Martin Salt and Francesca Burdett have challenged themselves to lift one million kg each in 24 hours, to raise money for local hospice care charity Phyllis Tuckwell.
Martin and Francesca are both personal trainers at Energie Fitness in Sandhurst. They’re aiming to lift one million kilograms each, on various machines in the gym, starting their challenge at 1pm on Friday 24th February and finishing no later than 1pm on Saturday 25th. All of the money raised by those sponsoring them to complete this incredible challenge will go directly to Phyllis Tuckwell, which provides supportive and end of life care for patients and families who are living with an advanced or terminal illness, such as cancer.
“The challenge will be extremely taxing as we’ll need to lift a minimum of 41,667 kg each hour, with minimal rest,” said Martin. “It’s difficult to visualise; it’s like cutting up 2.5 fully loaded jumbo jets into multiple pieces and then lifting each piece. Yes, it’s crazy! To our knowledge only one person has done this before, so it’s going to be very difficult. I’m 50 later this year so wanted to do something a bit different and raise money for a great cause.”
“We have chosen to support Phyllis Tuckwell because they cared for my nan,” said Francesca. “She loved going to their Living well sessions, and we really appreciated all the support they gave the whole family, too. Sadly, my nan died last year. We’d really like to show them our support by raising money to help fund their care.”
“This challenge has got to be one of the toughest fitness challenges I’ve seen anyone attempt, to fundraise for us!” said Charli Quay-Barnham, Community Fundraising Manager at Phyllis Tuckwell. “It’s not only going to take a lot of physical strength, but also mental strength to keep them going through the night too. Any donations people can give will really help them to stay motivated and hit their goal in those last few hours of the challenge. Supporters like Martin and Francesca are so important in helping us to raise the vital funds we need to ensure that we can continue providing our care for our patients and families when they need us most.”
Every day, Phyllis Tuckwell supports over 250 patients, relatives and carers, but as the NHS/Government usually only covers about 20% of its costs, it has to raise over £25,000 a day to do this. To donate or find out more about Martin and Francesca’s challenge, please visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/martin-francesca?