Fitness fanatics help brothers on their way to charity target in memory of mum

Gillian Parker
Gillian Parker

Scores of fitness fanatics helped two brothers on their way to a charity target in memory of their mum.

More than 100 people turned up at Peterlee Leisure Centre to sweat it out for three gruelling fitness sessions, including body pump, spinning and an Armageddon class.

Richard front (left) and Nick Parker with with fitness trainers l-r Lesley Gibson, Lee Kennedy, Theresa Spiteri and Jacqueline Lewis at a charity fitness event at Peterlee Leisure Centre on Monday night.

Richard front (left) and Nick Parker with with fitness trainers l-r Lesley Gibson, Lee Kennedy, Theresa Spiteri and Jacqueline Lewis at a charity fitness event at Peterlee Leisure Centre on Monday night.

The fast-paced challenge was the brainchild of brothers Nick and Richard Parker, from Easington Village.

Their mum, Gillian Parker, a former magistrate and member of Easington Parish Council, died from breast cancer in 1984.

Richard and Nick have set themselves a challenge to raise £10,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support within 12 months and by April 2014, the 30th anniversary of their mum’s death.

Fundraising efforts, named One In A Gillian and including race nights and cabaret evenings, will culminate in the pair walking 100 miles along the Great Wall of China in April 2014.

Their latest fundraiser was a sponsored fitness challenge, held in conjunction with Fit4Purpose, which took place at the leisure centre on Monday, November 4.

The amount raised takes them over the £4,000 mark in memory of Gillian, who was also mum to Stephanie Wilkinson, 46, and Christopher Parker, 48 and was married to Bill.

Richard, 43, who is licensee at the JT Finns Irish Bar in Easington Colliery, was just 14 when his mum passed away and he says next year will be extra poignant for him as he will be the same age his mum was when she passed away.

He said: “We raised £350 on Monday night, it was a really good turnout and well-supported.

“A big thanks must go to Fit4Purpose and the team – what a fantastic effort, bring on the wall!”

Forthcoming events include a race night at The Half Moon in Easington Village before Christmas and a Sportmans dinner in March.

To find out more about the brothers’ poignant fundraising drive, visit www.oneinagillian.org