Cleethorpes fitness instructor organises 8-hour challenge to raise money for charity

Cleethorpes fitness instructor organises 8-hour challenge to raise money for charity

A Cleethorpes man has organised a fundraising challenge to raise money for the LIVES charity after they saved his mother’s life when she was hit by a car on her 73rd birthday.

Paul Walker, who owns Walkers Total Fitness, will be among 30 people who are taking part in the challenge, which will include dragging a 220lb sled across the beach for 100 metres and back.

The sled will be carried back and forth in relays for a staggering eight hours, and participants will also complete 25,000 burpees.

In October last year, Sue Walker stepped out of her house on Clee Road and was hit by a car travelling at 30mph, which carried her 18 yards down the road before she hit the ground.

Paul and his mum Sue

Paul said: “Witnesses at the scene said she was dead, no sign of life. But a LIVES volunteer got there quick and initiated drugs to stop brain swelling.

“She broke her neck, back, hip, arm, leg and ribs, and suffered a huge brain bleed, but the action of LIVES at the scene saved her life 100 percent.

“The ambulance got her to Barnetby Top to meet another ambulance and another volunteer. She was then coma induced and arrived at Hull Royal Infirmary within 55 minutes.”

Pictured: Sue Walker shortly after the accident

LIVES is a Lincolnshire charity made up of trained volunteers who get to their neighbours fast to deliver vital care in those first critical moments of a medical emergency before handing over to the ambulance service.

Paul added: “Not all equipment is provided to the volunteers and they buy some with their own money, so raising money to help them to save lives is the best thing.

“This is just a small token of our gratitude. It could be your life saved one day.”

An evening raffle is set to be held within the next few weeks once Covid-19 restrictions are eased, and those wishing to donate to the fundraiser can do so by purchasing raffle tickets or by donating to Paul’s GoFundMe page.

Tickets cost £1 each and £5 each for the top prizes, which are a £500 holiday voucher or a £500 Centre Parcs voucher.

Anyone who wants to buy a ticket can contact Paul Walker via Facebook Messenger here.

Alternatively, you can donate to the fundraiser at the GoFundMe page here.

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