THIRTY-FIVE kind-hearted people took on a tough boot-camp challenge to raise £500 in charity cash.
Steven Smith, owner of The Body Doctors studio, in Cromwell Street, organised the boot camp to rake in money for Miles for Men, a charity which supports research into cancer.
The event saw a large group of people take part in a gruelling circuit training schedule at 22-year-old Steven’s gym.
And then the charitable gang headed down to Seaton Carew to carry on the hard work.
At the end of the two-hour work-out,the whole group celebrated – and cooled off – by running into the sea.
Today Steven, of Worcester Gardens, in Hartlepool, revealed that the toil had paid off as they raised a whopping total of £500 for the cause.
But if everybody’s sponsors paid up over the forthcoming weeks then Steven said the Mailes for Men kitty would hopefully see a welcome boost of between £700 and £800.
Steven told the Mail: “It went really well, it was a really good turn out.
“Thirty-five people turned up to take part, which I was so happy about.
“It just shows how much people care really.”
He added: “We started off at the gym doing circuits.
“After that we went down to Seaton Carew to carry on with the boot camp down there too.
“I’d promised that if we raised over £500 I’d run into the sea at the end of it, but then everyone decided to join me to cool off!
“We raised £500 and that is just brilliant.
“Hopefully if sponsors pay up we’ll be looking at a total of up to £800.
“Everybody should have some involvement in charity it just makes you feel good and it helps somebody else doesn’t it.
“It only took two hours out of my day, and everybody else’s day, and we raised all of that money for Miles for Men.
“I will be delighted to hand the money over.”