BOOTCAMP beauties battled their way through an army-style assault course – in the name of charity.
Scores of women flipped and dragged tyres during the one-hour challenge, to raise awareness of Oesophageal and Gastric Cancer.
The event, which raised around £500 for the Northern Oeasophago Gastro Cancer Fund, was organised by bootcamp and Zumba instructor Charlotte Hill, with the help of Lucy Willis and Charlotte Knight, of Lucyluu and Charlie Promotions.
Charlotte Hill, 23, of Grindon, has raised around £2,000 for the charity since starting to fund-raise in October, in memory of her aunt Ann Royal, of Plains Farm, who died of the disease aged 73.
“I was quite overwhelmed at how many people came,” she said.
“And by how many people took it so seriously.
“Lots of people stayed in the night before so they were ready for the bootcamp the next day, and loads of them got sponsor forms filled in to raise money.
“People who hadn’t done it before turned up and enjoyed themselves, and said they would come to my bootcamps and get involved again.”
Charlotte, who held the fund-raiser at North Moor playing Field, will take the money she has raised so far to the RVI hospital where her aunt was cared for when she was ill.
“My aunty Ann asked me to take it straight to the ward,” she said.
“As soon as I have all the money in I’m planning to go through and give it to them. I’m hoping to do it next week.”
She added: “People know how important this cause is to me now, and that’s why I want to keep on raising awareness, because people still know so little about these types of cancer.”
Co-owner of Lucyluu and Charlie Promotions, Lucy, 23, said: “The weather was nice and plenty of people turned up so we had a good day.
“It’s really important to Charlotte to raise lots of money in memory of her aunty and that’s why we want to keep helping her do it.
“Some of her family and friends turned up on Sunday and took part which was nice.
“We are already hoping to hold another bootcamp soon.”