The duty manager of South Moorlands Leisure Centre in Cheadle has raised nearly £2,000 for charity after completing a gruelling three-day challenge. Shelley Barrett, who is also a Crossfit coach at Crossfit Napalm, took on the fantastic feat in memory of her sister Tammy Fowell who sadly passed away from cancer.
The duty manager of South Moorlands Leisure Centre in Cheadle has raised nearly £2,000 for charity after completing a gruelling three-day challenge.
Shelley Barrett, who is also a Crossfit coach at Crossfit Napalm, took on the fantastic feat in memory of her sister Tammy Fowell who sadly passed away from cancer.
After swimming five miles in three hours and 37 minutes in the South Moorlands Leisure Centre swimming pool on day one, Shelley continuously lifted a barbell – from ground to overhead – for 90 minutes at Crossfit Napalm, accumulating 10,000 kilograms of total weight, a day later.
She then completed her challenge 24 hours later by hiking up Mount Snowdon.
“My sister had asked me to hike Snowdon with her before she found out she had terminal cancer,” Shelley, aged 43, explained to the Times & Echo.
“So in honour of her memory I wanted to do something that was very tough and challenging in both a mental and physical aspect.”
So far, Shelley has raised £1,870 for Douglas Macmillan Hospice but is hoping to climb over the £2,000 mark when a raffle for a hamper, donated by Morrison’s in Cheadle, is drawn in the near future.
She explained how challenging the fundraiser was, pinpointing which day was the hardest.
Shelley added: “It was all very tough but if I had to pick, it would be the hike of Snowdon.
“I was physically tired, especially my knees from the swim, so climbing up and down, every step hurt.
“And mentally I’m not great with heights. It was very slippy, cold and thick of fog.
“I feel super proud that I’ve completed it. It was a lot more challenging than I actually thought it would be in every way.”
Shelley went on to explain why she selected Douglas Macmillan as the chosen charity.
“They looked after my sister Tammy on her last journey. The care and support was second to none and I’ll be eternally grateful for that. So it was just one way of showing just how grateful I am.”
Shelley thanked all those who had donated and supported her throughout her extraordinary fundraiser.
She said: “There are so many people to thank I couldn’t possibly name each and everyone of them but they know who they are.
“Just wanted to thank everyone who supported me along the way. I’m overwhelmed with the generosity of people’s donations.
“Never did I think I’d be at the total we are at now. As I’ve stated before I’ll be eternally grateful to everyone of you. Thanks again and here’s to many more challenges to come.”
Although the online donation link for Shelley’s fundraiser has now closed, she encourages those who would like to still donate to give directly to Douglas Macmillan Hospice.
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