Mark smashes press up goal

A disabled man has smashed his own record for the number of push ups he can do.

Surrounded by cheering onlookers at Red Cross House, in Matlock Bath, Mark Lynam, who suffers from cerebral palsy, managed to do 139 press-ups – raising more than £200 for the British Red Cross.

NDET 99158'Cerebal Palsy sufferer manages over 100 push ups for charity

NDET 99158'Cerebal Palsy sufferer manages over 100 push ups for charity

The 41-year-old had previously only ever managed to do 136 press-ups and was delighted with his achievement.

“I felt like I was only going to manage to do 60 or 90, but it went really well,” he said.

Mark, who needs crutches to walk and sometimes uses a wheelchair, had previously completed two other press up challenges for the charity – each time managing to do 85 press ups.

He said he thought that having a crowd of people supporting him helped him to achieve his goal.

“When you’re on your own you sort of stop and start a bit,” he said.

“When I got to 139 I thought it was time to stop.”

Mark decided to raise money for the Red Cross because he thought the charity has helped him.

He gave his thanks to everyone who has supported him as well as his parents.

Anyone wishing to sponsor Mark can still do so by visiting www.virginmoneygiving.com/MarkLynam