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.
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
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.”
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.”