Weighty challenge for Christchurch trainer

Stephen Aish has organised a '1 Million KG' fundraiser for Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Stephen Aish has organised a '1 Million KG' fundraiser for Great Ormond Street Hospital.
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A Christchurch man has organised a massive fundraiser for Great Ormond Street with the aim of lifting one million kilograms in 24 hours.

Stephen Aish, who is a kettlebell instructor, came up with the idea with friend and colleague Ross Holmes, who works at Fitness Experts in Basingstoke where they will be doing the challenge.

Stephen said: “You look at the GOSH website and these kids have been through things we can’t imagine. It really humbles you. I have a three-year-old son; I just look at him and appreciate how healthy he is.”

With the worthy charity in mind, Stephen and Ross are using it as motivation to get physical and attempt a challenge that has never, to their knowledge, been done before.

Several venues around the country are also joining in, with participants aiming to reach the one million kg mark, and Stephen is opening the challenge up to any others that want to join in.

“I’m looking for people to up their game and see what they’re made of,” he said.

It is aimed at venues, such as gyms and health clubs, and participants who already have experience of lifting weights.

Stephen would like to make it an annual event and wants to raise the profile this year to make it bigger and better next year.

He is doing his challenge on December 14 and 15 but anyone who wants to join in can do so before the end of the year.

• Anyone who is interested in getting involved or donating can search ‘1millionkg’ on Facebook or visit www.justgiving.com/1millionkg. You can also visit www.thestrengthacademy.com for more information on Stephen.