ENERGETIC sports lovers from across the globe did 44,000 press-ups in memory of a teenager who died after a tragic accident.
Grant Adams, originally from Pennywell, Sunderland, died in a freak accident last month after he tripped and stumbled into a sunbed at his home, suffering horrific throat injuries, before falling down stairs.
The 17–year–old bricklayer from South Shields, was expecting his first daughter with his girlfriend Sharna Gardner, 15, whom they’d already named Rhkiya Mae, next month.
In a bid to help out, Stevie Winter, a coach at Horsley Hill Boxing Club where Grant trained, decided to host a charity press-up challenge to raise funds for Sharna and the baby, and set a target of 10,000.
But after the event was picked up by Facebook users around the world, with people getting involved from as far away as South Korea, it took on a global profile.
As a result, the two-hour event, held at Marsden Road Health Centre on Saturday, surpassed expectations as the figure rocketed to 44,000.
Sharna attended the fundraiser with her family.
She said: “I am so grateful for everyone who has taken part in the event, it’s so kind. And I am really touched by all the little ones who have got involved too.”
Mr Winter said: “We’ve had children in Korea doing press-ups, lads on two oil rigs in the North Sea, staff at B&Q in South Shields, it’s been crazy.
“Grant was such a popular young man and very well liked, so it’s been fantastic that so many have wanted to get involved for such a worth cause.”
The final total raised is to be announced but Mr Winter says that the challenge will become an annual event.
Grant received emergency treatment after the horroric accident on Sunday, June 8.
He was flown to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary by the Great North Air Ambulance helicopter but died the following day.