Fakenham issues a push-up challenge

Nikki Pearce volunteering at the Fakenham 50 in 2016 ANL-160908-190033001

Nikki Pearce volunteering at the Fakenham 50 in 2016 ANL-160908-190033001

Nikki Pearce, ex-British Army Warrant Officer Class One (that’s a sergeant major to you and me) and Active Fakenham are setting a challenge to the town.

They want 22 representatives from organisations to do 22 push-ups at 11.22 on Saturday, August 20, in the Market Place at the launch of Get Active in Fakenham Week to support the 22 Push Up Challenge.

Ms Pearce, an ex-physical training instructor, has been supporting the social media phenomena by doing the #22PushUpChallenge in support of Combat Stress in their work to help veterans suffering from Mental Illness.

She said: “Twenty-two US and UK Veterans commit suicide per day.

“Twenty-two push-ups over 22 days is to raise awareness to the fact that veteran suicide rates are too high.

“So this is our way of raising the awareness of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other mental health-related issues our troops are suffering with.

“We hope that this show of support will bring the community together at the Get Active in Fakenham launch.

“We hope to get 22 clubs, businesses or organisations involved and anyone watching will be welcome to join in with the full 22 press ups or just as many as they feel able to do.

“Just find a space and get down and do it.”

Richard Crook, from Active Fakenham, said: “Nikki will be leading from the front – she can sound a bit scary but has a heart of gold and works hard for the community and volunteers for Active Fakenham.

“We already have representatives from Fakenham Town Council, Fakenham Info Hub, Active Fakenham, the Gallery Bistro, Fakenham Sports and Fitness Centre, Aquafit, the East Coast Riders, Slimming World and Thursday Outdoor Military circuits.

“We are looking for others to come forward.”

Interested people should contact Richard on 07887 803091 or email him at: 
richard@activefakenham.org.uk