THERE was a chain reaction when brave members of a South Tyneside gym club got cold and wet for charity.
Members of Kate’s Slimming and Fitness Club, in Hudson Street, South Shields, took part in the ice bucket challenge to raise funds for the Charlie Cookson Foundation.
The challenge, which started in America and has since gone viral on social media, sees people getting soaked with icy buckets of water and they then donate a fee to their charity of choice.
Kate Marchant, gym owner, decided to host the event yesterday to raise cash for the Foundation after raising £850 for the charity earlier this year with a 12-hour spinathon.
She said: “I just wanted to hopefully boost the total amount raised to about £1,000, so I thought if everyone got involved with the ice bucket challenge then this would be a good way to do it.”
Twenty eight gym members and their youngsters, turned up in Boldon Lane, Tyne Dock, South Shields and took it in turns to pour the freezing water over themselves.
Kate, 42, from the Nook, South Shields, said: “It was great fun. Everyone brought along their own buckets and I filled them up with ice.
“We didn’t have anyone to pour it over us, so we each just did it ourselves and then the next person followed.
“It was a bit chilly, but it was for a good cause.”
The Foundation was set up in honour of Charlie Cookson, aged two, from Simonside, South Shields, who died last October, after spending all of his life battling a mystery illness.
The charity helps families with youngsters who have life limiting conditions, and need round-the-clock care, by easing their financial burdens so parents can concentrate on their children.
Charlie’s mother, Sarah Cookson said: “We are so grateful to Kate’s fitness and slimming group for their continuous support, their spinathon event last month was a great success and to now brave the Ice Bucket Challenge is amazing.
“The Charlie Cookson Foundation is so grateful for all the efforts that people make to allow us to financially support parents of children with life-limiting conditions.”