Lincoln strongmen lift over 32 tonnes for homeless charity

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A team of 25 Lincoln strongmen are resting their biceps after lifting 32,418kg to put Christmas meals on the table for homeless people in the city.

Lincoln Fight Factory, Asylum Training, and Lockdown MMA teamed up to raise money for Lincoln-based welfare charity The Nomad Trust.

In a weight-lifting event organised by Shawn Burton, Dave Johnson and Glen Wright, the five teams of five paid to enter a one-armed dumbbell press challenge at Lincoln Fight Factory off George Street.

Organisers Glen Wright, Dave Johnson and Shawn Burton.

Organisers Glen Wright, Dave Johnson and Shawn Burton.

Each of the MMA fighters and kickboxers lifted a weight of their choosing as many times as possible. The combined weight lifted was then added to the team total and the team with the most most weight won.

Pacific Gym supplied dumbbells for the event and donated cash, spectators on the day also donated.

The total raised so far is £220 which will go towards a food shop for the trust. The organisers are thanking to all who took part, donated, and supported this and previous events.

Organiser Dave Johnson is no stranger to charity strength endurance tests. Earlier this year, he deadlifted a car in aid of a local charity close to his heart followed by an 18-tonne firetruck pull to raise awareness of cancer.

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Dave said: “I was planning the event earlier in the year but had an issue with a vein bursting on my calf. A week after this when pulling a truck a bit further than I’d planned I also had to visit the hospital to be checked out, so had to take it easy for a while.

“After waiting as long as we could, we decided to go ahead with it anyway. A friend Jack Malone, who does a lot of charity stuff also, helped out by donating items to the homeless. After a chat with him Shawn and Glen we decided to do something where more could get involved and raise some money to help provide Christmas dinners for those less fortunate.”

Sausage rolls galore

The team visited the Nomad Trust will bundles of delicious goodies on December 16.

The delivery included gammon, pork, beef, three turkeys, gateaus,  mint chocs and 200 sausage rolls.

The group also said there was plenty left over for fresh food nearer to Christmas day.