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Power of the press-up king put to the test.

Byline: By Sam Wonfor

Campaigners at the St Oswald's Jigsaw Appeal are hoping to push up their fundraising efforts on Friday when one of their supporters attempts to set a new world record.

Jim Mulheron, from Whitburn, South Tyneside, will follow in steps only previously trodden by martial arts legend Bruce Lee when he attempts to complete 1,000 press-ups within just one hour.

Although Jim broke the world record last May, when he completed 1,779 press-ups in 60 minutes, the technique he will be using on Friday makes it a whole new challenge - and hopefully a whole new record.

The 41-year-old, who weighs in at 19 stones, will execute each press-up with his arms outstretched and all his weight balanced on the tips of his fingers and toes.

He said: "The training is going well but I haven't tried the 1,000 push-ups in one go yet. On the evening it'll be knowing that I'm helping local kids that will spur me on.

"When you have your health and fitness it's a privilege to use it for those less fortunate."

Jim's press-up performance takes place at 6pm, at Springs Health and Leisure Club in South Shields.

He said: "Everyone is invited to come along: it would be great to have as many people as possible there, counting up the tally."

All the money raised will go towards the appeal, which successfully reached its pounds 5.1m target in March, to build an eight-bedroom respite facility for children with life-limiting illnesses from Northumberland, Tyne and Wear and North Durham.

The unit, which has been built in the grounds of the adult hospice in Regent Avenue, Gosforth, will provide respite care, support and advice for 1,200 families who currently have to travel to Stockton or Carlisle for the service.

The facility is ready for an imminent official opening, but St Oswald's fundraisers say it is now more important than ever for supporters to keep up their efforts.

Fundraiser Garry Wilkinson said: "It's wonderful that people like Jim are still finding ways to raise money for the Jigsaw Appeal, which needs to raise an additional pounds 1m a year to run the service.

"This is on top of the pounds 3.5m we have to raise to maintain the care and services in the adult hospice."

To support Jim or for more information about St Oswald's, call the fundraising hotline on (0870) 700-3030.
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