Gym fanatic pulls nine-ton truck to raise cash for Hartlepool youngster

An energetic gym fan put his weight behind raising a truck load cash to help a youngster walk.

Security worker Johnny Crossling pulled a nine-ton Scania Topliner to help raise £50,000 to fund an operation which could help four-year-old Archie Garthwaite find his feet for himself.

Johnny Crossling takes the strain as he pulls the truck to raise funds for Archie Garthwaite.

Johnny Crossling takes the strain as he pulls the truck to raise funds for Archie Garthwaite.


Archie, along with twin Harley, weighed less than 2lb when they were born in June 2012, making then the most premature set of twins in the country to survive.


Both had to have surgery to seal the holes in their hearts, and while they have both made good recoveries, Archie has been left with cerebral palsy.


The 28–year–old successful completed his mission outside his gym, Ian Glass Fitness in Andrew Street in Hartlepool, yesterday.


A number of supporters also had a go at moving the vehicle and paid £5 to have a try.

Johnny in action.

Johnny in action.


Mr Crossling said: “I’ve pulled a few smaller trucks before, but nothing this size.


“It’s all about momentum, once you get it started it won’t be too bad. I’m not sure how much we’ve raised yet we will know if a day or two.”


Archie’s mum Hayley Kennedy is leading the campaign to raise the cash, which would see him travel to America for Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) surgery, which could help him walk.


She said: “We’ve raised £2,500 so far but this is certainly one of the most unusual ways in which the cash has been raised.


“But it’s Johnny to a tee. I wouldn’t expect anything less. It’s been brilliant watching him.”