Three service users cared for by the South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust have helped raise more than £600 for the children’s charity NSPCC.
Michael, Ray and Jason, who are all based at Newton Lodge, Fieldhead, put their heads together and decided to raise vital funds for the charity by completing an eye watering 1000 press ups and 800 bench presses.
The three fundraisers take part in a fitness regieme three hours a week as part of their treatement, so were already in good shape ahead of their tough challenge.
Exercise therapist Mel Priestley acted as the adjudicator for the challenge, but was only needed for a short time as within three hours the lads had already stormed to victory.
Chief executive Steven Michael said, "It is great what the guys have done and they are proof of what can be achieved if you put your minds to it. We know that physical activity makes a big difference to mental wellbeing and as well as raising money for charity this was a great opportunity to raise awareness of mental health issues, reduce stigma and promote wellbeing. I wonder if they’ve ever thought of completing a triathlon!"
Mel added, "Michael, Ray and Jason did a great job and we’d all like to thank people for their donations which will help the NSPCC. My mantra is healthy body, healthy mind and the lads really have showed how exercise can improve mental wellbeing at the same time as raising money for charity!"