Trainer Keeley takes press - up challenge to the extreme

Keeley Pope performs the press-up challenge with Princess of Waless Royal Regiment at the TA Centre in Eastbourne on Wednesday night

Keeley Pope performs the press-up challenge with Princess of Waless Royal Regiment at the TA Centre in Eastbourne on Wednesday night

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Eastbourne personal trainer and fitness instructor Keeley Pope placed her own creative twist on the 22-push-up challenge.

As part of the popular Facebook test, Keeley completed her 22-press-ups a day for the last 22 days on Tuesday at Eastbourne Police Station.

Throughout the last few weeks she dressed as batman on a lifeboat, took to the busy round-about outside Tesco on Lottbridge, did them on the roof of her car, pushed-up with the Eastbourne paramedics, the Eastbourne firemen, and the Eastbourne police.

Eastbourne’s famous landmark Belle Toute Lighthouse was also selected along with the dance floor of TJs Nightclub, the Scouts at the Hampden Park Hut, and the London Natural History Museum (under a Diplodocus). She even dressed as supergirl and scaled on to the roof of the bus stop.

For the ‘grand finale’ on Wednesday, Keeley was joined by Danny Garbett, the owner of Run Wednesdays. Danny was also nominated for the challenge and they went to the TA Centre, Eastbourne.

Keeley took part in a procession and handed out roses to officers in memory of the battle of Minden.

They then performed the final 22 press-ups with the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment.

Aside from the exercise, the whole point is to raise awareness of veteran suicides.

A 2013 study in the US revealed 22 veterans took their own lives every day. The challenge began in the US and has since taken off in the UK.

The idea, similar to the ice bucket challenge, is to complete the task and for each of the 22 days nominate one of your Facebook friends.

Keeley has completed charity events previously for the British Heart Foundation and the Polegate Children’s Cancer fund.

She said, “When I was first nominated I thought it would be easy but I wanted to come up with different things to keep it interesting.

“A video of me doing press-ups in my front room every night wouldn’t have been much fun.

“The more I got it into it the more I thought about doing them in different places. Everyone I approached have been great and have supported me 100 per cent. They all joined in and made it fun.

“At times I was doing press -ups in the most crazy places and no-one seemed to care at all. People just got on with doing whatever they were doing.

“Hopefully by doing it this way it has helped raise awareness. It’s a very worthwhile cause and one I wanted to support in the best way I could.”