Funding page set up to get 'inspirational' strongman Ian Miller, 81, to America

PUBLISHED: 13:18 13 April 2015 | UPDATED: 13:18 13 April 2015

Jason Haines with Ian Miller at Gosling Gym

Jason Haines with Ian Miller at Gosling Gym

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A story highlighting a 81-year-old's fight to defend his world strongman title has moved one Welwyn Garden City man to try and help.

Ian Miller was crowned the first-ever world masters champion in the over-80 category at the Scottish Highland Games in Inverness last September.

To defend his title he has to travel to St Louis in America but is struggling to meet the costs involved.

Jason Haines, of Handside Close, spotted Ian’s story and decided to assist.

He said: “I’ve seen him in the gym at Gosling. He’s in there every morning and obviously he stands out from other people because of his age and the fact he is lifting some very heavy weights.

“I saw his story in the paper and thought I could help. I just thought it was a worthwhile cause and an inspirational story.

“I had never spoken to him previously but I introduced myself in the gym afterwards and things went from there.”

Jason has set up a funding page online with a nominal target of £2,000 which will help go towards flights and hotels.

And Ian has said that any money that he doesn’t spend will be donated to charity.

Jason has also set up a Facebook group and a Twitter account and has spoken to a number media outlets as well as companies who have agreed to help.

He said: “Most people have been supportive. The reaction has been quite positive.”

The 27-year-old, who works at the Student Union at the University of Hertfordshire, also revealed students at the Hatfield institution have agreed to help.

He said: “We are going to make a You Tube video with one of the media students here, to showcase just how inspirational Ian is.”

To donate, visit www.gofundme.com/iantoamerica

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