TOUGH guys and a tough girl took on a brutal competition in aid of a poorly youngster who needs surgery in America to help him walk for the first time in his life.
Members of Mill Pit Fight Gym in Shiney Row, battled the Tough Mudder challenge to help schoolboy Cain Burns.
Seven-year-old Cain, from North Tyneside, suffers from cerebral palsy, but his family are hoping to send him for an operation, which will eventually help him walk.
His family need £55,000 for the op and have raised more than £23,600.
Gym users Victoria Ritson, Debra Slater, Daniel Walker, Kevin Burnett, Adam Glendenning and Steve Mcgrory took on the challenge after a suggestion by gym owner John Bell, of Herrington.
Other MMA gyms in the North East have recently been helping to boost the fund-raising total towards Cain’s treatment.
The group from Mill Pit raised £1,364.50, which, when gift aid is added, will be more than £2,000.
Steve, 40, of Penshaw, said: “It was really tough and we all had to face things we don’t like.
“For example, Vicky, doesn’t like swimming, but she had to swim under some barrels, and I don’t like getting electric shocks, but I ended up getting one on the course.
“It was worth it to raise so much money and give it to Cain, though. The lad has never walked so we’re happy to help out.”
To donate towards Cain’s appeal go to www.justgiving.com/cainsdreamtowalk.