Gosport dad lifts 250 tonnes for hospital which saved his baby girl’s life

Robert Knott attempted a weight-lifting world record to raise money for a hospital

Robert Knott attempted a weight-lifting world record to raise money for a hospital

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  • Strongman sailor tackles epic 12-hour deadlift challenge in Bahrain
  • Petty Officer Robert Knott, 29, lifts a staggering 250,250kg in 12 hours
  • His shipmates on HMS Middleton also joined the fundraiser, with the crew lifting 880,000kg in total
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A DETERMINED dad pushed his body to breaking point by deadlifting more than 250 tonnes in 12 hours for two charities close to his heart.

Petty Officer Robert Knott tackled the superhuman challenge aboard HMS Middleton – in the middle of Bahrain.

Robert Knott with daughter Isla and wife Sarah

Robert Knott with daughter Isla and wife Sarah

The veteran sailor’s aim was to smash the world record of 475,060kg in a single day but injury and exhaustion got the better of him.

But strongman Robert and the team of 34 other sailors managed to lift a staggering 880,000kg in 12hrs 30mins – some 128 tonnes more than the weight of their Hunt-class minehunter.

PO Knott, who is an engineering technician weapons engineer, was raising cash for Portsmouth Hospitals Charity and the Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity.

All the money raised for Portsmouth Hospitals Charity will be donated to the paediatric and maternity departments at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham.

This was without a doubt the most physically and mentally demanding challenge I have ever done

Petty Officer Robert Knott

Robert was spurred on to fundraise for the departments after they saved the life of his baby girl Isla, now two.

She was born with a cystic hygroma – a growth on the lymphatic nodes around the neck.

Robert said: ‘Because of the quick reactions and brilliant care from the nurses and doctors at QA, Isla was fine and with a brilliant aftercare plan she is now okay and the cystic hygroma has nearly disappeared.’

The 29-year-old has so far generated more £1,640 on his online fundraising page.

He was well on track to beat the world record of 475,060kg in a day but suffered a ‘bout of bad luck’ including painful cramps, exhaustion and ripped skin on his hands.

He managed to lift a total of 250,250kg – or 4,170 repetitions with 60kg. That’s the combined weight of almost 21 double-decker buses.

His pregnant wife Sarah, 29, was proud of Robert and his team’s efforts.

She added: ‘At first I was a bit worried about him taking on such a massive challenge – especially with me being at home pregnant and so close to my due date – but they have raised so much money and awareness for such great causes, it is more than worth it.’

Robert was ‘humbled’ by all the support from Middleton’s ship’s company who did ‘an amazing’ and ‘inspiring’ job.

‘This was without a doubt the most physically and mentally demanding challenge I have ever done and I would do it all again because of the money raised for both charities,’ he added.

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