13 May 2020

Year 11 student Preston has raised £575 - and counting - for the local NHS, by completing an astonishing 7,500 sit-ups!

Preston set himself the gruelling target of 7,500 sit-ups within 12 hours, and he did it in 11 hours 22 minutes. He started the challenge at 10.15am and finished at 11.22pm, stopping only for comfort breaks and to eat. He chose 7,500 as it tied in with the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

Preston is donating the money to the Plymouth Hospitals Charity at Derriford, because of its role in the local community. He has set up a JustGiving page for people who would like to support him.

Preston explained the inspiration behind his challenge: “My Auntie Debbie is a nurse and due to being high risk, she had to leave my little cousin with family for six weeks,” he said.

“I wanted to do something to say thank you to my Auntie and to everyone working in the NHS.”

Preston trained in advance of the challenge and afterwards he felt tired but was “not in too much pain”. He said: “I wanted to give up a few times, but Mum and Dad were encouraging me and telling me about all the sponsors coming through. That kept me going because I didn’t want to let anyone down.”

Preston planned to raise £150 so has far exceeded that target already. Mum Donna said: “We are so proud of Preston. He woke up bright as a button the day after the challenge but did admit to feeling a bit sore in the days following.”

Preston plans to join the Royal Fleet Auxiliary and is currently in the second phase of application. He is keeping his fingers crossed that his plans are not delayed due to Covid-19.

Tutor Mrs Smith said: “It is wonderful to see Preston being a role model to all of us during this trying time. Throughout his schooling, Preston has always shown determination to achieve and be successful at what is important to him, and this just proves what can be done with his passion to succeed.

“I couldn’t be more proud to have been a tutor and teacher to such an amazing young man. The Royal Fleet Auxiliary would be lucky to have him. Awesome job Preston, you smashed it!”