One million kilo lift for charity set-up to help three Wisbech brothers
Five men have completed a weightlifting challenge to help a local good cause aimed at providing memories for three young brothers.
On New Year’s Day Simon Parker; Luke Woodbridge; Shaun Crawshawe-Elsey; Matt Taylor and Tomasz Ustyniak announced they were going to lift one million kilos in 2021 in support of the Pedal4Memories charity set up by Ben and Sarah Dodkin in Wisbech to raise money for their three sons.
The aim of the charity is to raise money to help provide special memories for Finley, 10, Arthur, seven and five-year-old Harrison.
Both Finley and Harrison have Juvenile Battens Disease and have been affected by strand CLN3, which will slowly take their sight, their memory, their physical abilities and eventually will take them from their family.
All money raised will be split 50/50 between the boys’ wishlist and the Battens Disease Family Association’s Sibling Project.
The five men, whose effort was dubbed Lifting4Memories completed their mammoth task on Good Friday - just 90 days after announcing their plans.
They lifted the final 400kg each and allowed Finley, Arthur and Harrison to lift 15kg to hit the one million kilos target.
It was completed on the family’s driveway in Covid safe fashion.
Sarah, thanks the men for their efforts and said: “Thank you so much for your hard work, involving the boys, spreading awareness of Batten Disease and for raising funds for our Pedal4memories fundraising project! ”
The family have held a series of fundraising efforts since they launched Pedal4Memoriesincluding a cycle ride by nine supporters from Amsterdam to Wisbech last summer and also a Halloween cycle ride around Wisbech.
To donate visit: Justgiving.com/crowdfunding/pedal4memories