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Lincoln doorman to deadlift car for charity

Lincoln doorman and strongman Dave Johnson will deadlift an Audi A4 in a mission to raise hundreds of pounds for a local cancer charity.

Dave will lift the car, weighing just under two tonnes, repeatedly for 90 seconds in memory of Lincoln boy Ethan Maul and his charity ‘Up Yours to Cancer’ Foundation.

The event will take place on Saturday, June 14, at 3pm in St Marks Square in Lincoln.

Dave will endeavour to do as many deadlift repetitions in 90 seconds as possible. After a short break he will attempt a maximum timed hold.

The car will be provided by the Lincoln Audi car dealership on Doddington Road.

The back wheels of the car will be attached to a frame and Dave will be lifting from the rear end of the car.

Ten-year-old Ethan passed away on May 5 2014 after losing his battle against cancer.

Ethan and his family, who live in Torksey near Lincoln, set up the Ethan Maull ‘Up Yours To Cancer’ Foundation in 2013 to help raise awareness of osteosarcoma after he was diagnosed with the rare form of children’s bone cancer in December 2012.

In February 2014 Dave and a number of other strongmen from Lincoln took part in Lincoln’s Strongest Deadlift which raised almost £2,850 for the foundation.

Dave has also organised and taken part in a number of other fundraising events on behalf of Ethan’s charity, including pulling a 16-tonne fire truck in September 2013.

Dave Johnson pulled a 16-tonne fire engine for Ethan's charity in 2013.
Dave Johnson pulled a 16-tonne fire engine for Ethan’s charity in 2013.

Dave said: “Ethan was a very inspirational young boy. He did so much for others in a short space of time, which has motivated me to want to do the same for him. It is such a shame that he will not be at the event.

“Ever since my friend Mark Browne lost his battle with cancer in 2012 I have been inspired to raise the awareness of the disease by taking part in challenging activities and pushing myself to the limit for others.”

Sponsorship donations are currently being collected via Dave’s JustGiving page. All proceeds will go to the Ethan Maull ‘Up Yours To Cancer’ Foundation.

For more information about the foundation, you can visit the Ethan Maull ‘Up Yours to Cancer Facebook page or follow the charity’s Twitter account @EbobsFight.