Personal trainer Rob Dulieu hands over proceeds of plank challenge to Cancer Research UK

Rob Dulieu  with Alison Welby, manager of the Cancer Research UK shop in Stamford
Rob Dulieu with Alison Welby, manager of the Cancer Research UK shop in Stamford
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A PERSONAL trainer has handed over the proceeds of a gruelling plank challenge to a cancer charity.

Rob Dulieu, 51, of Bluebell Road, Stamford, raised £3,880 by holding the plank position for nearly 20 minutes in December.

For 19 minutes and 58 seconds Rob remained in an abdominal plank, which involved balancing on his elbows and toes, while maintaining a straight body.

Rob wanted to raise money for the charity as his wife Mandy, 47 suffers from non-Hodgkins lymphoma. She is undergoing chemotherapy treatment.

He handed over the cheque to the manager of Stamford’s Cancer Research shop, Alison Welby on Tuesday.

Rob said: “It was the most painful thing in my life but it was worth it in the end.

“It is nice to know you are helping people indirectly.”

Rob has thanked the 30 businesses who sponsored him on the day.

He would also like to get in touch with anyone who recorded a clip of the challenge.

Rob said: “I spent 19m 58sec staring at a towel.

“I was vaguely aware of the crowd support. I missed the whole thing from that perspective.

“It would be nice to have a keepsake.”