Lincoln strongman marks decade of challenges with giant 27-tonne lorry pull

Lincoln Strongman Dave Johnson has marked a decade of charity challenges by pulling a huge 27-tonne lorry. Dave had set out to pull the Flying Hire truck 25 metres from one of the Bearded Fisherman compounds in North Scarle on Saturday, July 25. On the day though, he smashed all expectations by completing more than one challenge; he began by pulling a 14-tonne lorry 20 metres, then a 27-tonne lorry over 20 metres, before attempting to pull a 50-tonne lorry over 10 metres.    

Dave, who first began participating in strongman challenges in 2010 in memory of his friend Mark Browne, who passed away in 2012 after a battle with cancer, has since taken on a new challenge each year involving car deadlifts and bus and lorry pulls.

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Dave said: "We had a fantastic day at the truck pull event - where I was surprised to have exceeded my own expectations! "I firmly believe that mental health is just as important as physical health and that's why I wanted to dedicate this year's challenge to the Bearded Fishermen which provide vital mental health services for people in Lincolnshire. "I'd like to thank everyone for the incredible support and those who have kindly donated to the JustGiving page."

Rick Roberts, co-founder of the Bearded Fishermen, said: "We're incredibly grateful to Dave for dedicating his 10 anniversary challenge to our charity - and for exceeding his ?200 target after raising ?447 in total so far! "We had to get involved with the challenge somehow and I couldn't resist giving the truck pull a go myself - I managed to pull the 14-tonne lorry which was a fantastic achievement and great fun!"

Dave and Rick Roberts

Just over a week ago, the Bearded Fishermen opened a new community hub and call centre based at Mercury House in Gainsborough. They've also launched a dedicated suicide prevention helpline for those needing access to mental health services.

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Rick added: "The money which Dave has raised will go towards specialist training for the volunteers who are very kindly helping out at our new call centre in Gainsborough."

Now that the call centre is up and running, the charity is appealing for additional volunteers to work as phone operators to befriend people as well as speaking to them about mental health issues. The Bearded Fishermen are also keen to hear from volunteer counsellors who are willing to offer both one-to-one and group counselling sessions. For further information about volunteering, please email  [email protected].

To find out more about the recent challenge or to make a donation, visit the JustGiving page.

To find out more about the Bearded Fishermen, visit the website or follow the charity on Twitter and Facebook.

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