Shieldhill schoolboy completes over 350 push ups to raise £1500 for Strathcarron Hospice

A determined Shieldhill schoolboy completed more than 350 push ups to support the palliative care facility that looked after his late grandmother.
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Seven-year-old Aaron McComb challenged himself to do 25 push ups a day over the space of a fortnight in a bid to raise money for Strathcarron Hospice where his gran, Ann Condron, was a patient.

Mum Louise Sellstrom only realised her son had set himself the daring task when she discovered videos of his efforts on her phone.

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The pair then began filming the challenges which, on some occasions, saw Aaron complete double and triple his daily target – due to his mum’s failure to hit the record button!

Aaron McComb, of Shieldhill, raised funds for Strathcarron Hospice by doing 25 push ups a day for two weeks in memory of his late gran. Picture: Scott Louden.Aaron McComb, of Shieldhill, raised funds for Strathcarron Hospice by doing 25 push ups a day for two weeks in memory of his late gran. Picture: Scott Louden.
Aaron McComb, of Shieldhill, raised funds for Strathcarron Hospice by doing 25 push ups a day for two weeks in memory of his late gran. Picture: Scott Louden.

The Shieldhill Primary School pupil pulled off his final push up last week and has since raised almost £1500 for the Fankerton facility.

Ms Sellstrom said: “A couple of weeks ago he was recording himself on my phone saying he was doing a push up challenge for two weeks in memory of his gran.

“I think he had seen his dad doing something similar for a mental health charity. Everybody got on board with it and I posted videos every day.

Aaron McComb pictured with mum Louise Sellstrom. Picture: Scott Louden.Aaron McComb pictured with mum Louise Sellstrom. Picture: Scott Louden.
Aaron McComb pictured with mum Louise Sellstrom. Picture: Scott Louden.
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“There were a couple of times I hadn’t filmed it properly and he ended up doing 75! I posted one video a day because people had donated.

“He plays a lot of football and was having to do it in between football and school. He plays for Coasters and his teammates did it too.”

According to his mum, Aaron’s determination to help out Strathcarron as it struggles for funding amid the coronavirus pandemic stems from the support its staff offered his family.

Ms Sellstrom continued: “Strathcarron were absolutely incredible. Aaron’s gran was in for three weeks before she died and they were incredible to her and my three kids.

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“They were there every school day and got their dinner and played in the living room. They have lovely memories of being there and walking around the garden.”

Click here to donate to Aaron’s fundraising page.

Strathcarron requires to raise £12,900 a day to keep its services running. Visit the website for further details.

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