Hospital staff tuck in for charities

Barry Hudson (left) attempted the chilli challenge while Matt Loongley (right) opted for the burger challenge

Barry Hudson (left) attempted the chilli challenge while Matt Loongley (right) opted for the burger challenge

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A WHITBY pub’s eating challenge claimed another victim last Thursday as two hospital employees tucked in to raise money for local charities.

Whitby Hospital health care assistant Barry Hudson failed spectacularly in his attempts to conquer the Little Angel’s burger challenge, managing only half of the burgers, while staff nurse Matt Longley devoured the chilli challenge, finishing with just 20 seconds to go.

In attempting to push the boundaries of gluttony, the pair managed to raise around £200, to be divided between the RNLI and the air ambulance.

Both men work on Abbey Ward and were supported by colleagues, and Matt said: “The burgers are nice but it just can’t be done, not in 20 minutes.”

The burger challenge consists of 3lb of best mince formed into 12 burgers, with salad and onion rings, while the chilli challenge features a giant Yorkshire Pudding enclosing 1lb chips and 2.5lb of chilli, which contained four scotch bonnet chillies – one of the hottest available.

“When the chilli came out, my jaw nearly dropped,” said Barry.

“I thought ‘what the hell have I signed up for?’ But each burning mouthful I took, I was powered on by the support of everyone there and all I could think of was ‘let’s do this, the money will go to a good cause’.”

Despite failing to finish the burgers, Barry finished his meal by ordering a chocolate hanky-panky cake and cream for dessert.

The pair were presented with their challenge t-shirts by John and Stormie Coulson of the Little Angel.

Barry’s failure means that Whitby Gazette reporter Emma Spencer still holds the burger challenge record after scoffing 9.5 quarterpounders.