Busy body gym challenge for cancer charity

CHARITY NIGHT ... Kevin and Cheryl Washbourne out Boldon Body Forge.
CHARITY NIGHT ... Kevin and Cheryl Washbourne out Boldon Body Forge.

GYM bunnies are putting all their strength into raising thousands of pounds for cancer sufferers.

Cheryl and Kevin Washbourne, who own Boldon Body Forge, Boldon Colliery, are organising a charity night in aid of Cancer Research UK, which about 400 people are expected to attend.

The night, which will take place at Neon Social Club, Nairn Street, Jarrow, on April 26, aims to raise about £2,000 for the charity, and is a cause close to the couple’s hearts.

Two years ago, Kevin, of Leam Lane Estate, Gateshead, lost his mother, Betty Washbourne, 81, also of Leam Lane, to bowel cancer.

At about the same time Cheryl’s grandfather, Ronnie Thompson, 69, of Jarrow, also died of prostate cancer.

Cheryl, 29, said: “It was a tough year or so after they died. So that’s why we decided to organise this. The couple started planning the event, which will feature a performance from hypnotist Kevin, who performs under the name Kevin Starr, six weeks ago.

Cheryl has also begun additinal fundraising, with members of Boldon Body Forge taking part in a series of challenges over the last few weeks, at a cost of £1 each, with the money raised to be counted during the week of the charity night.

A percentage of the money will also go to Macmillan nurses.

For more information about the charity night, or to donate raffle prizes, call 07931 522 951.

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