Powerlifting pensioners join challenge to lift equivalent of three Concordes

Members of the Motiv8 powerlifting team, who will aim to lift the equivalent of three Concordes to r

Members of the Motiv8 powerlifting team, who will aim to lift the equivalent of three Concordes to raise money for the Excel Appeal. The two pensioners in the story are Dan Ellington (second from left) and Jim Bird (second from right - both in the back row. - Credit: Archant

A pair of powerlifting pensioners will be helping to lift the weight of three Concordes to raise money to boost elderly care in west Norfolk.

Jim Bird, 70, of Dereham, and 68-year-old Dan Ellington, of Outwell, will be joining the event, organised by King's Lynn gym Motiv8, to help lift a total of 236 tons at the Tesco Extra store in Hardwick, King's Lynn, on June 25.

The powerlifting session has been organised in a bid to raise funds for Queen Elizabeth Hospital's Excel Appeal, which is supported by the EDP.

The appeal aims to raise £50,000 for specialist equipment to improve the hospital's care of the elderly.

Mr Bird and Mr Ellington will join Motiv8's own powerlifting team and aim to show age is not a barrier to being active.

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The team's coach, James Jeffries, urged members of the public to join in the challenge, with the event running between 10am and 5pm inside Tesco's entrance.

He said: 'As the Queen Elizabeth is our local hospital, it makes sense to support it.

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'Powerlifting is a sport for all ages as people never really lose their strength providing they keep training.

'I would encourage people to come along and have a go as the weight bars will be moving up and down all day.

'Most people can pick up 40kg.'

Laurence Morlaàs, fundraising executive at the hospital, said: 'We are really grateful that Motiv8 are putting on a special event to support our older patients, and I encourage people to register a team to take part.'

To donate to the appeal visit www.justgiving.com/qehkl-excelappeal, or pay by cheque payable to 'Excel Appeal' and send to Laurence Morlaàs, fundraising executive, QEH, Gayton Road, King's Lynn PE30 4ET.

Are you fundraising for the appeal? Email nicholas.carding@archant.co.uk

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