Charlie Shotton-Gale pledged to break a British record and raise £3,000 for Breaking Free Female Support

This Is Wiltshire: Charlie Shotton-Gale, who is in training to break at least one British record and raise £3,000 in sponsorship Charlie Shotton-Gale, who is in training to break at least one British record and raise £3,000 in sponsorship

A POWERLIFTER needs to raise another £1,000 or she could face losing her hair.

Charlie Shotton-Gale is in training to break at least one of the four British powerlifting records at the world championships in three weeks, which will involve lifting a total of more than 530kg.

The 29-year-old, of Grange Park, has vowed to shave her head if she doesn’t either break a record or raise £3,000 for Breaking Free Female Support.

“My aim is to break any of the four standing national records, or raise £3,000,” she said.

“If I fail on all of these, I have to shave off my hair.”

She will be attempting to break the record for the squat lift, which involves holding the bar across her shoulder blades, the bench lift, which involves using a bench press to hold the weight over her chest, and the deadlift, where she will lift the weight off the ground to hip height.

Breaking Free is a non-profit group which supports women who suffering trauma as a result of emotional, mental, physical, sexual abuse and rape.

The service, which is run by volunteers, offers counselling, email support, a helpline and weekend retreats twice a year.

“I have a friend who had been through sexual abuse and been through therapy on the NHS, but she said the therapy didn’t really benefit her,” said Charlie “I found out about Breaking Free Female support and recommended it to her.”

Charlie’s record attempts will take place at the world championships in Puerto Rico from October 29 to November 5.

To sponsor her, visit www.localgiving.com/charity/breakingfreesupportproject74 08.

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