Butchers aim for 20,000 press-ups in 25 days to raise funds for CALM

Date published: 29 June 2020

Cryers Butchers in Littleborough is aiming to raise £1,000 for Campaign Against Living Miserably, by completing 20,000 press-ups in 25 days – with your help.

Following the popular social media cause ’25 press-ups for 25 days’ to raise awareness of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, anxiety and depression in the military community, butchers Darren Rushton and Stephen Bamford decided to go several steps further.

With the help of their customers, the duo, who have been very involved in helping others, are aiming to complete a staggering 20,000 press-ups by 17 July for the charity Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM).

CALM provides support for anyone in need to prevent suicide, the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK and the cause of 18 deaths every day.

Darren and Stephen have been completing their contributions at places around the borough, including Greenbooth Reservoir, Healey Dell – and even in a puddle outside their Victoria Street shop.


Darren and Stephen in Hollingworth Lake and some of their customers supporting the '25 press-ups for 25 days' challenge
Darren and Stephen in Hollingworth Lake and some of their customers supporting the '25 press-ups for 25 days' challenge


Darren, who is ex-military, said: “As we have such a big following, we decided to go big on this. After I was nominated for this, we wanted to do this differently.

“Donations will go straight to CALM. This is something that has affected me personally as well as family members and good friends of mine, so it’s a very important subject to me and something very close to my heart.”

The two men are asking for those who want to contribute to the 20,000 total to send videos to their Cryers Butchers Facebook page, or tag them in your online video.

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Help and support

If you feel like you, or someone close to you requires support, you can call CALM between 5pm and 12 midnight every day on 0800 58 58 58.

If you need immediate help, please call emergency services on 999 or The Samaritans on 116 123.

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