A MAN attempted to break the world record for burpees in a day to raise money for a hospital that saved the life of his sons.

Craig Peters, from West Worthing, tried to complete over 9,000 chest-to-ground burpees in 24 hours at The Gym Hub in Worthing from April 18-19.

He managed to complete the 24 hours, but sadly couldn’t hit the 9,000-burpee target after months of gruelling training with a specialist personal trainer.

However, he has raised more than £1,500 so far to help the hospital that saved the lives of his two boys, Quinn and Jude.

Craig, 38, said his family was “indebted” to staff after his wife Kyrie gave birth to the twins three months prematurely in 2014.

The boys weighed just 11lbs 8oz at birth and suffered from twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome, a condition that affects blood supply during pregnancy.

The condition has a high mortality rate, but neonatal nurses worked hard and now Quinn and Jude are happy and healthy five years later.

Craig, a freelance PR consultant, said: “Without the immediate care, love and attention displayed by the staff then perhaps our boys wouldn’t be here today.

“It was a life-changing period for our family, one that challenges you and shapes you as a person for the rest of your life.”

“It’s worth putting my mind and body on the line knowing that we will raise money which will go towards saving more premature babies and keeping families together.

“Like other families out there who have to go through the drama and trauma of experiencing a premature birth with their children, we are seriously indebted to the NICU unit at the Queen Alexandra Hospital.”

This was not Craig’s first world record attempt when it comes to burpees - there is a reason he is called the “Burpees Guy”.

Three years ago, he tried to break the record for most squat thrust burpees in day but threw in the towel after 6,500.

It was hardly a failure though - he raised over £17,000 for St George’s Hospital, Worthing, funding a new fetal endoscopic machine.

Julie Smith, senior sister at Queen Alexandra Hospital, said: .

She said: “We are so thankful to Craig, and to everyone involved in helping him reach his target.”

You can donate to Craig’s fundraiser at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/theburpeeguy1