Gym owners’ fundraiser in memory of loved ones

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GYM bunnies are putting all their strength into raising thousands of pounds for cancer sufferers.

Cheryl and Kevin Washbourne, who own Boldon Body Forge in Boldon Colliery, are organising a charity night in aid Cancer Research UK, which about 400 people are expected to attend.

The night aims to raise about £2,000 for the charity, and is a cause close to the couple’s hearts.

Two years ago, Kevin, 54, lost his mother, Betty Washbourne, 81, to bowel cancer.

At about the same time, Cheryl’s grandfather, Ronnie Thompson, 69, of Jarrow, also died of prostate cancer.

Cheryl, 29, said it will be an emotional night.

“It was a tough year or so after they died,” she said. “So that’s why we decided to organise this.

“I can’t wait for it now but I think it will be quite emotional.”

The couple started planning the charity event, which will feature a performance from owner Kevin, who performs as a hypnotist under the name Kevin Starr, six weeks ago.

However, Cheryl has already begun fund-raising to contribute to the money raised for Cancer Research UK.

Members of Boldon Body Forge have been taking part in a series of charity challenges over the last few weeks, at a cost of £1 each, and the money raised will be counted during the week of the charity night.

“We want to raise as much money as possible,” said Cheryl.

“And as well as donating to Cancer Research we also want to give a percentage of the money to Macmillan nurses.”

A raffle and auction will take place at the charity night, which will take place at Neon Social Club, Nair Street, Jarrow, on April 26.

For more information about the night, call 07931 522 951.