A fundraising champion has taken on his most “brutal” challenge to date to boost the funds of a Trust set up to celebrate the lives of two teenagers from South Tyneside.
Tony ‘The Fridge’ Phoenix Morrison has already completed the gruelling Spartan Beast obstacle course in Scotland.
The feat, which took place last month, saw him take on 35 obstacles over a 17-mile course - all with the famous kitchen appliance strapped to his back - the fridge.
He is now preparing to complete the Spartan Tri-Sector by taking part in the last two challenges - The Super on September 2 and The Sprint on September 3.
He will be joined by 20 employees of Eco Logic partners based in Gateshead who will all be raising funds for the Chloe and Liam Together Forever Trust.
The Trust has been set up by the families of Chloe Rutherford, 17, and boyfriend Liam Curry, 19, to celebrate the lives of the couple who were killed in the Manchester bomb attack on May 22.
The Trust aims to support those who have a passion in performance or sport to nurture their talents through the help of bursaries.
The families are keen to help an inspiring performer or sportsperson to fulfil their potential, something Chloe who had a gift for performing and Liam who had a talent for cricket, were robbed the chance of reaching.
Tony, from Hebburn, who supported Liam during his fundraising efforts for the Bobby Robson Foundation and who later became a friend of the family, said: “This challenge is the toughest I have ever taken on.
“Last month I completed the Spartan Beast, with the fridge, and it was brutal.
“To complete the Spartan Super and Spartan Sprint is known as the Spartan Tri-Sector which is what I’m aiming to do.
“We’ve all been devastated by what has happened to Chloe and Liam and we’re all fully behind the Trust the families have set up in their names.”
Tony hopes to be able to take his challenge and encourage more people to take part in a similar event next year.
He is aiming to sign up 300 people from South Tyneside to take on the 300 Spartan Warriors obstacle course.
Tony ‘the Fridge’ became known for his fundraising efforts by completing a range of running challenges - including the Great North Run - while carrying a fridge on his back.