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Tim pushes on to new fund-raising heights

Swansea Council officer Tim Moss is adding new muscle to the fight against coronavirus.

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He's on a mission to complete 10,000 sponsored push-ups - thousands of them in fancy dress.

And he's smashed through his initial fund-raising target of £800 to help the Swansea Bay Health Charity.

By the time his 20-day challenge ends this Saturday (note: May 9) he now hopes to have raised around £2,500.

Fitness fan Tim said: "The most difficult push-ups were when I dressed up to celebrate Captain Tom Moore' As he was celebrating his 100th birthday I had my legs in gift-wrap - but it meant I couldn't move my legs much.

"It was easier when I dressed in a shiny copper-coloured dress. Despite all its frills and silky features it was good because it allowed really easy leg movement.

"It's quite a fetching dress, actually - but not on me!"

His other fancy dress fitness outfits have included references to comic book hero He-Man, robot superheroes the Transformers and Star Wars characters such as Chewbacca.

Many of the ideas were suggested by friends, relatives and sponsors who then got to see Tim dressed up in push-up action on either Facebook Live or with recorded videos on his Facebook page.

Thousands of his push-ups are dedicated to key workers such as delivery personnel, builders, those in the emergency services and council staff such as kerbside collection crews.

Tim, aged 43, of Sketty, Swansea, normally works for the Social Services Tackling Poverty team as a Swansea Working coordinator, helping people get back into work and showing how to get other support.

Right now, like hundreds of Swansea Council staff, he's working in a new role to help the community tackle coronavirus. He's helping with important activities such as food deliveries.

As the fight against coronavirus took hold, he decided to put is passion for fitness to better use.

With health workers being on the front line and with having friends in that line of work he selected the Swansea Bay Health Charity that supports patients, staff and services within Swansea Bay University Health Board with equipment, research, training and patient care.

He chose push-ups because others could relate to it - and the number 10,000 because it wouldn't drag on.

However, 500 push-ups a day means he's doing more than he's ever done in his life - his previous daily maximum was around 100.

Each push-up is done in his garage at home, partially converted to a gym shortly after the lockdown began.

Partner Catrin offers lots of support.

Tim said: "The money raised will go directly to the health charity to directly help those working in and those being supported by our wonderful local health service.

"I'm a Swansea boy so wanted to make sure the money was spent in this area and was spent on things we could all benefit from at some time.

"It will fund items that are additional to the materials and services already provided through government funding.

"Local NHS professionals understand what is most needed for our local communities and it's they who'll decide how the money will be used to best benefit the service and vulnerable patients."

You can sponsor Tim through his Just Giving page - www.justgiving.com/fundraising/tim-moss10000pressups.

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