Mark takes part in press-up challenge

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A DISABLED man is pushing himself to the limit by taking part in a charity press-up challenge.

Mark Lynam, who suffers from cerebral palsy, will be aiming to do as many press-ups as possible in order to raise money for the Red Cross on May 10.

The 41-year-old, of Matlock, has completed two press-up challenges for the charity before – each time managing to do 85 press-ups. Now he is hoping to beat that total.

“It will depend how it goes on the day,” he explained.

“Some days I am able to do loads of press-ups, but others I might not be able to do many. The most I’ve ever done is 136.

“I think you have more determination when you are a disabled person.

“We try a lot harder than everybody else.”

Mark needs crutches to walk, and sometimes uses a wheelchair.

Physical tasks such as press-ups are harder for him to carry out than they would be for an able bodied person – making his challenge all the more admirable.

He has been volunteering for the Red Cross on and off for more than ten years.

“I wanted to raise money for the Red Cross because it basically got me out of a rut,” Mark said.

“Unfortunately disabled people often can’t get work and mix.

“The Red Cross gave me encouragement to go for volunteering.

“It’s the best thing I ever did. Now I run my own flat.”

Through the charity he has been able to receive first aid training, and carry out important work in the community, such as working with vulnerable adults.

Mark will be carrying out the press up challenge at Red Cross House, in Matlock Green during Red Cross Week, which runs from May 6 to 12.

The theme of the week is ‘one in a million’ and the charity is urging people to do something to help them fund-raise that proves they are one in a million.

Anyone who wants to sponsor Mark can do so by visiting, or calling Naomi Gibbs, at the Red Cross, on 01629 593322.