AN event to raise funds for Help for Heroes proved to be flipping fantastic.
Strongmen flipped a tyre, weighing more than 16 stone, over a mile and a half to help raise thousands of pounds for the charity which helps injured service personnel.
The team of seven took on the feat from RS Total Fitness in Seaham Grange Industrial Estate to The Mallard, in the town’s Stockton Road, as part of a host of annual fund-raising activity centred on the pub.
Other events included sponsored cycle and motorbike rides to Catterick garrison in North Yorkshire, a sponsored 10-mile walk, face painting, live music and more.
Malcolm Langley, a gym member at RS Total Fitness, formed part of the tyre-flipping team who were cheered along their route, which took around two hours to complete, by onlookers. He said: “We’ve done fund-raising in the past for the rehabilitation centre in Catterick, but we thought we’d try something a bit different and someone suggested a tyre flip.
“This annual event raises thousands of pounds each year. It’s such a good cause and it’s great that we can do our bit.”
Last year, the event raised £7,500 for Phoenix House Recovery Centre – which helps those who have been wounded, injured or become sick while serving their country – and once this year’s funds are counted organisers hope to match that amount.