GYM-goers and their families raised the bar, quite literally, in their fundraising efforts in aid of Help for Heroes earlier this month.

Combat Fuel generated £3,396 for the charity at its sponsored weightlifting event, Lift for Heroes, on Saturday, July 6.

Participants of all ages travelled from across the country to contribute to the cause. Lifting bars ranging from 1-100kg, the team set itself a challenge of hoisting a cumulative one million kilograms during the the day.

The day’s youngest participants, Joshua and Matthew McKernan, were just three and six years old.

Alex Berezynskyj, owner of Combat Fuel, said: “It was really good. We had a hundred people turn up.

“Our target was one million kg and we hit 1.4 million. We hit that in eight hours so powered through for the full 12 hours.”

He added: “People came from gyms from all across the country.

“Some came from 300 miles away to help raise funds and awareness.”

A team based in Estonia also joined the cause, helping to contribute 127,000kg to the Combat Fuel total.

Even more locations, such as the Falklands and Canada, are being lined up for next year’s event.