Charity chairman raises money while winning gold in Preston gyms powerlifting competition

Posted on - 8th January, 2022 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Ashton-on-Ribble, Charities, Fulwood, Preston News
Peter Mileham OBE, at the powerlifting competition

A former High Sheriff and current Deputy Lieutenant of Lancashire has been flexing his muscles as he raises money for the Rosemere Cancer Foundation through competitions.


77-year-old, Peter Mileham OBE, is the chairman of the Rosemere Cancer Foundation and has competed in and won, his first powerlifting competition after discovering a love for weightlifting.

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Peter joined Fitcess gym in Preston in a bid to improve his fitness and chose to take part in Ashton’s Fitcess Gym’s competition and compete in the Masters 4 category after being encouraged to start weightlifting.

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His success led him to win his category and put himself in for a shot at the British Championships later this year.


Through sponsorship from friends and family to win gold, Peter raised £3,217 for the foundation.

Peter said: “The pandemic has effected charities across the UK but the amazing supporters of Rosemere Cancer Foundation have gone above and beyond in their efforts to create new and unique ways of raising vital funds to support local cancer patients.

“Taking them as my inspiration, I wanted to find my own way to raise some much needed funds and having recently signed up to a gym to keep fit and healthy, I have come across a new found skill for weightlifting.

“I certainly didn’t expect to be entering a weightlifting competition at my age, but I train at Fitcess and have received a lot of encouragement from my trainer Tom, who always thought I had a great chance of winning and has certainly put me through my paces.

“I would like to thank everyone who supported me. Your sponsorship was an additional motivation in my efforts to literally raise the bar!”

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