Sweating it out in the gym for cancer care charity

Feeling the burn Pete Salero with wife Maureen and fellow fundraisers Rami and Cherry
Feeling the burn Pete Salero with wife Maureen and fellow fundraisers Rami and Cherry
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Three months of hitting the gym as part of a sponsored slim to raise money for Cancer Care UK came to an end on Saturday for three determined slimmers.

The trio, who originally started out as a foursome, began their sponsored slim on February 1, aiming to lose 8st between them and raise £5,000 for Cancer Care UK.

Pete Salero, 72, Rami Hilmi, 39, and Cherry Speed, 41, managed to lose five stone between the three of them, raising over £5,100 in total.

The charity venture ended on Saturday May 2 with a music night held at Fareham Leisure Centre, which saw Pete, the organiser of the slim, sing hits from the 60s.

Pete, of World’s End, originally organised the challenge in support of his wife, Maureen, who had a mastectomy in April last year after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

Speaking at the event, which had around 100 attendees, he said: ‘I feel fantastic. All the hard work has been worth it. We’ve been raising money for Cancer Care because there’s a lot of people here that have had cancer.’

‘Behind every cancer patient there’s a carer and they play a big part in the recovery of the patients. So this is for them.’

As well as the sponsorship money, they raised extra cash from ticket sales on the night, a raffle and sales of Pete’s CD, From The Heart, dedicated to Cancer Care and Maureen.

Rami, a fellow member at Fareham Leisure Centre, said: ‘It keeps you motivated when you know you have people counting on you, so whenever you feel like eating chocolate it keeps you going.’

Pete praised the support of Fareham Leisure Centre. Everyone Active general manager Ryan Grant said: ‘We’re so pleased four of our members have come to improve health and wellbeing while raising funds for a worthwhile cause.’