The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire)

Charity begins at home as Vic takes the strain

- BY TAMSIN GRAY

The gyms are closed, but nothing will stop the Fraserburg­h lifeboat cox from lifting the weight of 19 boats to raise funds.

From his home set-up, Vic Sutherland is committed to pushing, pressing and hoisting weights to achieve his charity target.

Having smashed his initial goal of the five active lifeboats – 135 tons – Mr Sutherland has now decided to lift all 19 types of lifeboat, a total of 515 tons.

In his role as the cox of the Fraserburg­h RNLI lifeboat, he is aiming to raise £1,350 towards new PPE (personal protective equipment) kit for the crew.

But it was a spanner in the works when the gyms shut due to coronaviru­s.

Mr Sutherland, 48, said: “I’ve always had a set of weights at home, but it’s the whole atmosphere of the gym that is missing.

“It has been going well for the last five or six weeks, I have been getting on really well and got a few personal bests.

“That’s on hold now and I’m just aiming to keep training three times a week from home.

“I’ve got a loan of a decent set of weights but I’m on the lookout for stuff like a better bench as mine isn’t quite fit for the weights but it’s coping for now.”

Mr Sutherland’s crew are also all stationed at home and have precaution­s in place for any call-outs which may involve Covid-19 cases.

Anyone wishing to support the fundraisin­g cause should contact vicsuds24@btinternet.com

 ??  ?? Fraserburg­h lifeboat cox Vic Sutherland
Fraserburg­h lifeboat cox Vic Sutherland

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