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Whiteabbey gym owner honours Captain Sir Tom Moore challenge to raise funds for AWARE

Whiteabbey gym owner honours Captain Sir Tom Moore challenge to raise funds for AWARE

Published on Thursday, 08 April 2021

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Whiteabbey gym owner, Glenn Wilkinson will take to the streets of Whiteabbey this Saturday to challenge himself in the style of COVID hero Captain Sir Tom Moore. The #CaptainTom100Challenge is an initiative launched this week by Sir Captain Tom’s daughter which encourages people to complete their own fundraising challenge based around the number 100 to raise money for UK charities and build on Captain Tom Moore’s legacy.

50-year-old former Gladiator contestant Glenn and his colleague Jamie Martin will circle Whiteabbey village, 100 times, carrying the weight of an average man between them to raise vital funds for local depression charity, AWARE.

Glenn has been a personal trainer & bodybuilder for 30 years & has admitted that watching the doors to his own gym, Glenn Wilkinson Lifestyle, remain closed over the last year has been a huge challenge for his own mental health. He hopes that Saturday’s challenge will raise awareness about the vital link between exercise & mental health during the ongoing pandemic.

Speaking on his motivations behind the challenge, Glenn said: ‘Exercise not only changes your body, but it also changes your mind, your attitude and your mood. Throughout this last year, the closure of gyms has meant that instant outlet for people to feel better mentally & physically has been removed. I believe in the power of movement & the sense of community a gym environment brings... this has been totally lost this year. There is a direct link between positive mental health & exercise and I urge our government to wake up and give us a date to allow this industry to get back to doing what we do best - making people feel good, in mind & body.’

For Glenn & Jamie, this task represents the heavy burden that pandemic induced poor mental health has had on us all, but particularly men like them. Any funds raised through their challenge will go to AWARE to help them continue their support for people living with mental illness in Northern Ireland.

The event will start at 9am and is expected to finish at 5pm and the Glenn and Jamie are encouraging anyone taking their daily walk in Whiteabbey on Saturday to show their support & cheer them on!