Fylde resident Katrina Kelly has triumphed in her 222 Challenge fundraiser, cheered on by members of the Connect Community Choir, the volunteers and diners of Wesley’s Community Café and Larder, the Mayor of Fylde Cllr Elaine Silverwood and Cllr Sue Fazackerley of Central Ward.

To mark the uniquely palindromic date of 22.02.2022, celebrate her birthday, and raise funds for the two charities, Katrina set herself a formidable challenge: a 22.2km run (further than a half-marathon), 222 push-ups, and then an 8 hour bike ride!

Mayor Silverwood said:

“I felt very privileged to be invited to Katrina’s incredible 222 Challenge. To arrive when she had just completed the 22.2km run and ready for the next challenge of 222 press ups felt very humbling. Katrina was serenaded by the very talented members of the Connect Community Choir during the press ups which I am sure spurred her on. What a wonderful way to raise monies for the Connect Community Choir and Wesley’s Community Café and Larder whilst at the same time raising their profile to our communities and beyond. The atmosphere at Wesley’s was warm and welcoming and had a real buzz – this can only be achieved by the dedicated volunteers who work so hard and very often go completely unnoticed.

We left at the start of Katrina’s 222km cycle – a gruelling 8 hours – and I am absolutely sure that she will have continued to smile throughout that challenge. Huge congratulations Katrina and to all the volunteers.”

Councillor Fazackerley said:

“What a privilege and inspiration it was for me to witness, as ward councillor, a part of Katrina Kelly’s’ ‘222 Challenge’, raising funds for the Connect Community Choir and Wesley’s Kitchen. What a tremendous effort on this young lady’s part and what an achievement.”

Mayor Silverwood and Councillor Fazackerley were present at the Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish Centre in St Annes as Katrina completed her half-marathon by running up onto the stage and preparing to complete her next feat of 222 push-ups. The Connect Community Choir sang hits classic and new to spur her onwards, after which Katrina and the Councillors went to Wesley’s Community Café and Larder. The Mayor and Councillor Fazackerley spoke with the organisers and volunteers at Wesley’s, before sitting down to a delicious meal with Katrina to prepare her for her 8 hour cycling session. Funds raised were used to support both the Choir and the Café.


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