Burnley YouTube sensation Vizeh completes brutal 30-day One Punch Man challenge for The MS Society in honour of late mum

Burnley's biggest YouTube sensation has completed a gruelling 30-day physical challenge in memory of his late mother.

Vizeh
Vizeh

With over 245,000 subscribers on YouTube, Vizeh - whose real name is Liam Waddington - is famed as Burnley's premier video content creator, with his YouTube channel having amassed more than 63 million views. But recently, the social media star turned his attention to a unique fundraising challenge for the MS Society inspired by the Japanese cartoon.

Mirroring the workout routine of the protagonist from One Punch Man, Liam completed 100 sit-ups, 100 push-ups, 100 squats, and a 10km run every single day for an entire month in tribute to his mother Mandy, who lived with multiple sclerosis (MS) during his childhood.

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Her death in 2013 saw Liam turn to YouTube as a coping mechanism and his popularity has since skyrocketed, leading him to now use his platform to raise awareness about MS, which affects over 130,000 people in the UK, damaging the body's nerves and making things like walking, talking, and eating increasingly difficult.

Liam and his mother Mandy

“This is the toughest challenge I’ve ever taken on, but I feel amazing for sticking with it and not giving up," said Liam. "Through the process I've learnt so much about myself, how to live and know how truly strong I am.

"My mum was diagnosed with MS before I was born and it impacted her life hugely," he added. "Throughout my childhood, I watched my mum slowly get weaker day by day, and many times I came home from primary school to find her suffering on the floor unable to get up and there was nothing I could do to help.

“I started YouTube as a coping mechanism to deal with my loss, but I never dreamed it would become what it is," he continued. "Now I have this platform, I want to do everything I can to ensure that others don't have to go through what my mum went through.”

Over the past three years, Vizeh has raised over £15,000 for The MS Society having undertaken a range of fundraising challenges, including a 50-hour livestream on YouTube during which he did everything from shaving his head to eating the infamous ghost chilli pepper.

Vizeh with his plaque for 100,000 YouTube subscribers

Martin Mears, Head of Community and Events at the MS Society, said: “Vizeh is a superhero for completing this challenge. Over the past few years, he’s taken on one gruelling test after another, and this latest achievement is a real testament to his strength, determination, and passion for supporting people with MS.

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“We believe we can stop MS and, by using his platform to fundraise and raise awareness, Vizeh is helping us get closer to our goal," Martin added. "We cannot thank him enough.”

To support Vizeh, go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/vizeh30dayopm and for more info on The MS Society’s work, visit www.mssociety.org.uk