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A group of gym-goers have taken their workout regime to the next level in an effort to raise money for the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.

Johnny Dickson, Joe Banks and Ange Wilby will be performing 10,000 push-ups, sit-ups and squats, respectively, over the next 30 days to raise funds for the Disasters Emergency Committee, which will be providing food, water, shelter and healthcare to refugees and displaced families in Ukraine.

Mr Dickson, who lives in Wortham, explained that he came up with the idea while working out in his local gym, Diss Fit Club.

Joe Banks, Jonny Dickson and Ange Wilby (pictured left to right) will be doing 10,000 sit-ups, pushups and squats, respectively, over the next 30 days. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography 2022.
Joe Banks, Jonny Dickson and Ange Wilby (pictured left to right) will be doing 10,000 sit-ups, pushups and squats, respectively, over the next 30 days. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography 2022.

“I was on one of the exercise machines, looking at the screens and watching the news about Ukraine,” he said.

“I couldn’t believe how awful it was for people there, and it made me feel quite helpless, so I wanted to do something.”

The 42-year-old, who works as a mental health nurse, had previously taken on the challenge of undertaking 2,022 push-ups in the month of January to celebrate the new year.

“I thought I could do something similar,” added the father-of-two. “But a lot harder – it needed to be a proper challenge.”

He soon enlisted the help of Mrs Wilby, 40, and Mr Banks, 19, who both work at the gym in Hopper Way

“We wanted it to be something accessible so you can just do them wherever you are,” said Mrs Wilby, of Basil Brown Close, Rickinghall. “I’m going to be doing them anywhere and everywhere.”

The trio began their challenge on Thursday. In order to complete it, they will each have to complete more than 330 reps a day, every day, for the next month.

An online fundraising page has been set up, amassing more than £400 so far.

To donate, click here.



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