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Haverhill fitness instructors soar past their fund-raising target for the NHS




An “unbelievable” response by the general public has made the pain very much easier to bear for three fitness instructors who completed a tough physical challenge for charity on Sunday.

Ben Robinson, the co-founder of Haverhill-based Next Level Fitness and two of his instructors, Richard Daniels and Branham Ince, all completed 1,000 burpees (also known as squat thrusts) on Sunday to raise money for NHS Charities Together/Association of NHS Charities.

The trio allowed themselves eight hours in which to complete the challenge, which was streamed live on social media, but all did it within three hours.

Ben Robinson, co-owner of Next Level Fitness, before he did the sponsored challenge to do 1,000 burpees in 8 hours. All monies raised is going go to NHS charities. Picture by Mecha Morton.
Ben Robinson, co-owner of Next Level Fitness, before he did the sponsored challenge to do 1,000 burpees in 8 hours. All monies raised is going go to NHS charities. Picture by Mecha Morton.

With a number of its clients, past and present, being NHS workers, the company took the decision to take on the test and raise the money in their honour.

The initial target of £1,000 on their fund-raising page was beaten before the weekend, and the figure the figure ended at more than three times that at £3,194.

Ben, a former Haverhill Rovers footballer who now plays for Newmarket Town, said: “When we were doing it we had lots of people donating because we streamed it live across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and I think that prompted people to donate because they could see what sort of pain we were going through.

Ben Robinson, co-owner of Next Level Fitness, completed 1,000 burpees in 2.5 hours. to raise money for NHS charities. Picture by Mecha Morton
Ben Robinson, co-owner of Next Level Fitness, completed 1,000 burpees in 2.5 hours. to raise money for NHS charities. Picture by Mecha Morton

“I’m really happy with how it has gone and I didn’t expect the response we have had. The response we had was literally unbelievable and to be fair that’s what got us through it, especially me.

“The last 200 (burpees) I was doing them with cramp. My legs were just really starting to give in.

“It felt like I had done five games of football, which had all gone to extra time and penalties, that’s the only way can describe it.”

Ben Robinson getting down to business for his 1,000 burpees charity test. Picture by Mecha Morton
Ben Robinson getting down to business for his 1,000 burpees charity test. Picture by Mecha Morton

Richard completed his 1,000 burpees in one hour and 45 minutes, with Brandon and Ben each reaching their targets at about two-and-a-half hours.

Ben added: “I can honestly say it was the hardest thing I’ve ever done but I’m glad I have done it.

“We have had lots of NHS staff message us privately to thank us, which is great.”


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