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Double-decker deadlift to raise money for mental health charity

Double-decker deadlift to raise money for mental health charity

Wednesday 26 January 2022

Double-decker deadlift to raise money for mental health charity

Wednesday 26 January 2022


A personal trainer will attempt to deadlift the equivalent of two double decker buses in a fundraising event for Guernsey Mind.

Jake Cornes, who is also an amateur powerlifter, decided to take on the strength endurance challenge to help support mental health services after experiencing his own challenges with mental health and seeing them affect friends and family too.

Mr Cornes, who now feels better than ever, said: “I’ve had mental health issues on and off… a couple of years ago and then again recently.

“My mum also had issues and I’ve had friends who have had issues. My wife’s brother actually took his own life last year.

“Anything to do with mental health I feel is really important. There’s a million and one charities focused on physical health. However, I feel personally, from what I experienced, that poor mental health is more debilitating than poor physical health.”

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Pictured: Mr Cornes said: “I’m a personal trainer. I’m a physical guy. I definitely want to do some kind of physical challenge.”

He said charities which support people with mental health challenges are essential.

“With mental health, it’s like you’re wandering around through the dark. You might stumble across what you need to do to sort it out, but you might not. It’s far less obvious [than treating issues with physical health].

“Guernsey Mind is the main mental health charity over here, so I decided I wanted to do something for them.”

Mr Cornes decided to use his passion for physical health to raise money for mental health. 

“I’m going to deadlift the equivalent of two double decker buses - one at each end of the bar.”

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Pictured: Mr Cornes said: “A lot of the time with physical health, the answers to improve it are quite obvious. It's not the same with issues with mental health."

In the challenge, Mr Cornes will attempt 300 reps of 100kg. The cumulative total will be 30 tonnes, the equivalent of two double decker buses.

He has already raised more than £300.

You can support Jake as he takes on his challenge in Market Square at 11:00 on 26 March and you can donate to the event online HERE.

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