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Lincoln strongman to pull 27-tonne truck for charity

Marking a decade of fundraising challenges

A Lincoln strongman is preparing for his next charity challenge — pulling a 27-tonne Flying Hire truck 25 metres from one of the company’s compounds in North Scarle.

Ashton Reid, who is from Gainsborough, will also be taking on the challenge separately. The challenge will take place on Saturday, July 25.

The duo will be raising money for Gainsborough-based suicide prevention charity the Bearded Fishermen, which runs regular support groups offering a confidential space for people to talk about their problems and access help and advice.

However, the public will not be allowed to attend the event due to government guidance, so it will be live streamed on Facebook. Click here to make a donation.

Lincoln strongman Dave Johnson is taking on a lorry pull challenge to raise funds for Gainsborough-based suicide charity the Bearded Fishermen.

Dave, who is a full-time community care worker, began participating in strongman challenges in 2010 in memory of his friend Mark Browne, who died after a battle with cancer in 2012.

The latest feat will mark a decade of challenges that Dave has completed to raise money for different charities, including pulling a 53-seater luxury coach and deadlifting a car, and pulling a truck dressed as Santa

Lincoln strongman Dave Johnson will be pulling a 27-tonne Flying Hire lorry 25 metres in July 2020 to raise money for charity.

Dave said: “During the crisis, and even before it, I feel that mental health hasn’t been highlighted as much as it should have been and the work that the Bearded Fishermen do to support people who suffer from mental health problems is so important.

“I wanted to raise money to make sure they can continue to provide these vital services, especially at a time when funding for charities has been cut owing to the coronavirus.”

Mick Leyland and Rick Roberts, founders of the Bearded Fishermen.

He added: “I’ve witnessed at first hand the impact that the coronavirus has had on vulnerable community members and the way in which it has changed residents’ day-to-day lives.

“That’s why I’m passionate about raising as much money as possible to make sure that those who need help the most right now can access it.”