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Gym team's mountainous efforts to raise funds for Sunderland's Red Sky Foundation

Members and staff from a Wearside gym have hit new heights in fund-raising for a Sunderland charity.

By Kevin Clark
Thursday, 14th April 2022, 12:48 pm

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Darren and Nichola Tyrie, owners of Pinchaninch Body Transformation Centre in Washington, joined personal trainers and more than 60 of their regulars to climb The Old Man of Coniston in the Lake District last weekend.

And after scaling the summit in just five hours, the group raised more than £2,500 for heart charity Red Sky Foundation in memory of one of their former members who recently passed away.

Along with the climb, the group have also put effort into raising awareness of chronic heart disease and have been helping Red Sky Foundation continue their successful defibrillator project.

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“The charity is a great local one and they have caught our attention with the work they’ve been doing to save lives in the region so this climb with our members has been most appealing to me personally,” said Darren.

“The Old Man of Coniston is a well-known mountain climb and with its wonderful views from the top we weren’t surprised so many of our members wanted to scale it with us.”

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The trip started early on Saturday morning with over 60 participants boarding a coach to make the trip to the Lakes and a five-hour trek through sunshine, rain, sleet and snow to get to the top.

The team ready to set off

Pinchaninch, on the Parsons Industrial Estate, supported the climbers’ preparation with training schedules in both the gym and at home and the ascent saw people of mixed fitness abilities reach the peak to witness the stunning views..

Sergio Petrucci, who founded Red Sky Foundation with his wife Emma after their daughter received life saving heart surgery at the Freeman Hospital, emphasised the value of the charity’s latest fundraisers.

“People needing emergency cardiac care is all over the news at the moment and we are delighted to have the Pinchaninch team playing such an important role in helping others survive a cardiac arrest,” he said.

“The support Darren and his team have given our charity has been superb and we’re now planning the next adventure with them to make more of a difference to help us save more lives.”

Darren Tyrie at the summit of The Old Man of Coniston

The team are still accepting donations at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/pinchaninchhike

For more information on what the charity does in the region visit www.redskyfoundation.com