Charity build-up

Fitness Base Gym, Pontefract, to hold a charity body building show in aid of Guide Dogs for the Blind.'L to R) Neil Smithers, Graham Owen with 'Gunner', and Paul Summers.'p303a232
Fitness Base Gym, Pontefract, to hold a charity body building show in aid of Guide Dogs for the Blind.'L to R) Neil Smithers, Graham Owen with 'Gunner', and Paul Summers.'p303a232

BODY builders from around the district will be flexing their muscles with a charity show in Pontefract to raise enough cash to buy a guide dog puppy.

Personal trainer Paul Summers, 48, is organising the event at Pontefract Labour Club in Chequerfield on Sunday September 23 and hopes to raise £5,000 for Guide Dogs for the Blind – enough to buy a puppy for the charity.

Paul said he was inspired by friend Graham Owen, who began losing his sight due to a rare degenerative disorder in 2001 and has had guide dog Gunner since 2007.

Paul said: “I got to know Graham as we both train at Fitness Base in Pontefract, he did a sponsored row for Guide Dogs for the Blind and wanted to do something else to raise money, so I said why don’t we do a body building show?”

The show will be judged by an audience clapometer, and there will also be raffles and a strongman log lift for members of the audience, while Castleford firefighter Neil Smithers, who broke his back two years ago, will make a guest appearance.

The event takes place from noon to 4pm, tickets cost £3 in advance and £4.50 on the door, available from the Labour Club or from Paul on 07855 581374.