Strongman to pull 8-tonne bus for charities

A Lincoln strongman is raising funds for charity by lifting a 300kg car and pulling an 8-tonne bus.

Dave Johnson strongman
Dave Johnson strongman

David Johnson, a personal trainer and competitive strongman, will perform the feats of strength in front of an audience outside St Marks Shopping Centre on December 14.

He is also challenging members of the public to pledge £5 to see who can hold Pacific Gym’s 6kg bag of protein powder in front of them for the longest time.

Money is being raised for the Salvation Army, Linkage, and Let Them Eat Cake, a local group of volunteers who feed the homeless of Lincoln.

David said: “I know these organisations are genuine and not eating up the money on bosses bonuses and wages.”

Let Them Eat Cake said they couldn’t thank him enough.

“Winter is a particularly tough time for Lincoln’s rough sleepers, Dave is an absolute star,” they said.

Linkage sensory bus
The Sensory Bus, Image: Linkage

David will be pulling the purple ‘Sensory Bus’ owned by Linkage, which is designed for people with learning disabilities such as autism to engage their senses.

He will also be deadlifting a car and is considering adding some other challenges to the event.

The power-lifter started doing strength-based exhibitions in 2010 after his friend Mark Browne was diagnosed with terminal cancer, and has since begun competing against others as well.

“I promised him I would do events in his memory when that time came.

“I try to do something every year for those less fortunate,” he said.

So far Dave has pulled numerous buses and fire engines, and even the Lancaster bomber while dressed as The Hulk.

The latest event is free to the public and will begin around 2pm on December 14, at St Marks Square. Donations can be made on the day.