Muscle men pull together for heroes

Dean Whitworth and some of the other 20 gym members with a truck which they are to pull through the city to raise money for Tickled Pink and Help for Heroes.'Pictured L/R: Dean Whitworth, Michael Wright, Jenna Bellwood and Marina Kisko
Dean Whitworth and some of the other 20 gym members with a truck which they are to pull through the city to raise money for Tickled Pink and Help for Heroes.'Pictured L/R: Dean Whitworth, Michael Wright, Jenna Bellwood and Marina Kisko
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A GROUP of gym buddies will swap the dumbbells and bench press for real-life muscle work as they pull a truck through the city centre.

Around 20 men will haul the vehicle from Asda on Asdale Road through the city centre, past the cathedral and finish on Thornes Lane.

They will be outside the supermarket from 9.30am on Sunday to collect money ahead of their mission at 1pm.

They will then stop off at businesses, pubs and clubs with collection buckets as they hope to raise £1,000 for Help for Heroes and Tickled Pink charities.

The idea was the brainchild of fundraiser Dean Whitworth, 31, of Kettlethorpe.

Asda security officer Mr Whitworth said: “It’s a fun way to put our strength to good use to raise money.

“It’s for two good charities and I wanted to do something where everyone could pull together and get involved, rather than just one person doing something.

“We have been training well for it and there is a good spirit at the gym.

“Everyone is backing it and we hope to get a lot of support on the day.”

Mr Whitworth is a member of The Firm gym on Thornes Lane, where his fellow muscle men work out.

They include Kieran Burke, who carried the Olympic torch though Wakefield during the build up to the London Olympics.

He will follow the truck with the torch during their route.

Anyone who wants to support them can do so by visiting the gym or attending the Asda store on Sunday morning.