Tough 24-hour gym chal­lenge for char­ity

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others - By Ai­dan Bar­low

Two mar­ket­ing ex­perts have com­pleted their third char­ity chal­lenge of the year by do­ing a 24-hour gym work­out.

Sarah Stan­brook, 33, and pal Veron­ica Boaden, 25, met do­ing pole dance fit­ness classes, and have taken on the task of com­plet­ing a dif­fer­ent char­ity event each month.

Last week they com­pleted a mam­moth ses­sion at the Olympians Gym at the Elling­ham In­dus­trial Es­tate in South Ash­ford. Their work­out in­cluded time on the tread­mill, cross train­ers, ex­er­cise bikes and also lift­ing weights and com­plet­ing cir­cuits.

Ms Stan­brook works for nearby Thomas Au­tos and vol­un­teers for the Sal­va­tion Army home­less shel­ter.

The sin­gle mum-of-three said: “Be­cause of my vol­un­teer­ing we de­cided to do some­thing to help the home­less, and from there we de­cided we wanted to help as many good causes as we can – not just rais­ing money, but also aware­ness as well.

“So we have 12 dif­fer­ent char­i­ties and 12 dif­fer­ent chal­lenges. In Jan­uary we raised money for the home­less with a sleep­out, then in Fe­bru­ary we raised for the Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion.

“For our March chal­lenge we picked To­gether UK, a men­tal health char­ity. At the gym we had amaz­ing sup­port from staff and other mem­bers, and ev­ery­one at work has been sup­port­ive.

“Af­ter com­plet­ing it I felt so sore. We started the work­out at 6pm on Mon­day and went through to 6pm on Tues­day. There was a mo­ment at about 4am when I felt my­self go­ing to sleep on the ex­er­cise bike, but I got straight back into it and con­tin­ued all the way through.”

Now, along with Ms Boaden, who works as a free­lance mar­ket­ing spe­cial­ist, Ms Stan­brook hopes to cook a dif­fer­ent meal from around the world ev­ery day to raise money for World Vi­sion UK as their chal­lenge for April.

They have raised hun­dreds of pounds to­wards their £4,000 tar­get. Their am­bi­tions also in­clude par­tic­i­pat­ing in a dif­fer­ent sport each day in Au­gust, and com­plet­ing a gru­elling Tough Mud­der chal­lenge in Septem­ber.

To find out more search for 12 Months 12 Chal­lenges on Face­book, or to donate, visit www.vir­gin­money­giv­ing. com and search for Sarah Stan­brook.

Sarah Stan­brook and Veron­ica Boaden com­pleted a 24-hour work­out at the Olympians Gym

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