South Shields fitness group raise thousands with charity challenge

A team from Black Sheep Academy took on the Total Warrior challenge to raise money for the 1820 Foundation.
A team from Black Sheep Academy took on the Total Warrior challenge to raise money for the 1820 Foundation.

A team of fitness warriors from South Tyneside took on one of the UK’s toughest endurance challenges in aid of an armed forces charity.

Members of Black Sheep Fitness Academy and CrossFit South Shields embarked on the gruelling 10K Total Warrior event in Cumbria.

“We cannot thank Lee and the team enough for such a fantastic gesture.”

Arun Malhotra

The course included the group, run by Lee Tiffin, completing 25 punishing obstacles putting their strength, stamina, mental determination and teamwork to the test.

To date, the group have raised more than £5,000 for the 1820 Foundation, which supports ex-military personnel struggling to make the transition across to civilian life and who are dealing with issues around addiction, homelessness and criminal activity.

They also help children who have lost family members during the course of military service.

Arun Malhotra, from the 1820 Foundation, said: “We cannot thank Lee and the team enough for such a fantastic gesture.

“This is just another example of how Lee and his team continue to support local causes, having now raised thousands of pounds for charity over the years.”

Black Sheep Fitness Academy is based at Unit 1A, Tyne Point Industrial Estate, in Shaftesbury Avenue, South Shields.

Founder Lee Tiffin said: “This challenge represents the perfect way to thank those warriors from the region who continue to serve us across all the armed forces. The event created a real buzz amongst our members at the academy.”

To make a donation to the group, visit www.justgiving.com/teams/blacksheepwarriors

For details on 1820 Foundation, visit www.1820foundation.com.