May 31, 2023

Barclay’s Fundraising Challenge

Last month, Castle Rock Year 9 pupil Barclay Tringham-Roberts set himself the unenviable task of completing 100-push ups everyday to raise money for Teenage Cancer Trust.

Barclay saw the challenge advertised on social media and it sparked an immediate interest.

“I don't know any teenagers with cancer,” he said, “I'm very lucky, fit and healthy so I thought ‘why not give it a go?’”

At the beginning of May, before the challenge began, Barclay set himself a realistic fundraising target of £100.

With an array of support from his friends, family, football team and scout group, Barclay then set about completing a gruelling 3,100 push-ups.

He started by completing four sets of 25. As the month progressed, though, Barclay saw a rapid improvement in his strength and by the end of the month, he was completing two sets of 50, with only a short break in between.

“My mum is going to have to buy me some new school shirts because all these push ups have bulked my arms up!” he joked on his fundraising page.

Talk of Barclay’s challenge soon spread and before long, the community were roaring him on. He met up with the Coalville Fire Service and members of the Coalville Crossfit Club who all joined in – Barclay even managed to beat one of the firefighters!

As he approached the home-straight, the level of support increased. With the community cheering him on – as well as the daily motivation GIFs his grandad posted on Facebook - Barclay completed his last set of push-ups on May 31st.

As the month closed, the total money raised stood at a remarkable £420 – more than four times over the initial target!

Not content with putting his feet up, though, Barclay is already eying up his next challenge:

“I would like to do a running challenge next, maybe for a different charity.”

The raised money from this effort, though, will go a long way in supporting young people diagnosed with cancer.

If you would like to donate to Barclay’s page follow the link -