No buckling for Welwyn Garden City man during 22-day push-up feat

Buckle Mason

Buckle Mason


A Welwyn Garden City man travelled around the country doing push-ups while covered in snakes, on top of trucks or at famous landmarks, to raise awareness of veteran suicide.

Buckle Mason, 49, who has lived in WGC all his life, was tagged in a Facebook challenge called #22kill push-up challenge which aims to raise awareness of veteran suicide.

It is reported that every day 22 veterans commit suicide.

The challenge consists of doing 22 push-ups for 22 days in a row and each day tagging someone else to take on the challenge.

During the 22 days the former Heronswood School pupil visited famous London landmarks such as The Great Fire of London Monument, the London Eye, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.

The West Ham fan also went to the club’s new stadium to do his push-ups during a game, as well as on a raft in the middle of Stanborough Lakes, in Hatfield House, at the Duxford air base and in many more places.

On day 22, to round up the challenge, Buckle finished off by doing his push-ups at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, home of the Chelsea Pensioners.

Chelsea Pensioners are all retired soldiers of the British Army. Since 1692 it has “offered care and comradeship for veterans in recognition of their loyal service to the nation”.

Buckle told the WHT: “I thought I would do something a little different with my challenge. I wanted to bring a bit of humour to them each day but also to raise awareness of veteran suicide as people are not aware of it.

“For the last day I couldn’t think of a more fitting place than with the Chelsea Pensioners. I met them all. It was so touching and to meet them was one of the biggest honours.

“Thank you to everyone who helped me raise awareness by sharing the posts and to the people who filmed it every day.

“Various people helped me film it. Wherever I went I asked people to video me and I just hoped they wouldn’t run off with my phone.”

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