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East Durham youngsters go ‘burpee’ to raise money for the NHS

Apr 23, 2020 | Local News

Junior members of an Easington gym are completing a 30-day burpees challenge to raise money to support the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Jupiter Juniors youngsters, part of Jupiter Gym in Easington Village, set themselves a target of raising £1,000 for NHS Charities Together.

Aged between four and 13, they each pledged to complete 30 burpees over 30 consecutive days in support of the fantastic and dedicated NHS workers who are putting themselves on the frontline to treat people during these challenging times.

And already, just a week into the challenge, the 17 youngsters have smashed their target and have raised over £1,100.

Justin Keegan, who runs Jupiter Gym, said: “Our junior members, including my son Grayson, really wanted to do their bit to help the NHS and this burpees challenge they’ve set themselves in pretty tough – 900 burpees over 30 consecutive days isn’t easy for anyone, never mind for children, some of whom are as young as five.

“We initially aimed for £1,000 but just a week in, we’ve gone past that, so now our aim is to raise as much as we possibly can.

“What our NHS workers are doing is fantastic and the money we’re raising will make a real difference, so a big thank you to everyone who has donated in support of our young members.”

Alan Moutter’s eight-year-old daughter Nieve is one of the youngsters completing the challenge. He said: “Myself and Nieve’s mam Lisa are so proud of what the Jupiter Juniors members are doing. Nieve’s had such good fun so far and we’ve been overwhelmed at how generous people are being supporting their efforts to fundraise for the NHS.”

To donate to the Jupiter Juniors’ burpees challenge, click onto the JustGiving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/justin-keegan6