Getting active in a bid to help others

Langstone Junior School take part in an aerobics session
Langstone Junior School take part in an aerobics session
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HUNDREDS across the area joined forces to take part in Sport Relief for the event’s Friday Fundraising.

Many laced up their trainers and participated in sporting activities to help raise money for the cause.

Lucky 7 band members  Nick Soley and Johi O'Keefe at Brune Park Community College

Lucky 7 band members Nick Soley and Johi O'Keefe at Brune Park Community College

All cash generated for Sport Relief is donated to projects within the UK, and worldwide, to improve living conditions and communities.

Activities in the area ranged from outdoor running and netball matches to mini Olympic events.

Three staff members at Access Self Storage, Herbert Street, Portsmouth, cycled 150 miles between them on an exercise bike in fancy dress.

The group raised £136 from their efforts.

Manager Helen McPhail, who was dressed as a schoolgirl, said: ‘We weren’t sure what sort of reaction we would get but lots of people popped in to see what we were doing and donate.

‘It’s been really good fun but I’m very tired now – it’s not a comfy exercise bike.’

Opting for cycling on the road, seven-year-old Noah Meysen, from Alverstoke, took part in a bike ride from Fratton Park to St Mary’s Stadium.

The Year 2 pupil at Alverstoke Infant School raised £380 from the 22-mile challenge.

Proud mum Sanne, 37, who cycled the journey with him, said: ‘Noah did very well and completed the ride in three hours and one minute.

‘He really enjoyed it, apart from the hills and said that if he was the government he would ban hills.’