Gym goes the extra mile to raise charity cash

Fit4Less staff with McAleer and Rushe workers
Fit4Less staff with McAleer and Rushe workers

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STAFF and customers at a city centre gym helped raise £1,000 for charity.

Fit4Less, in Stanhope Road, Portsmouth, held several fundraisers in aid of cancer charity Macmillan including sponsored spinathons and Zumba classes.

Its latest fundraiser saw builders from McAleer & Rushe, which is redeveloping the former Zurich building opposite the gym and turning it into student flats, take part in a group exercise class to promote men’s fitness, which raised more than £150.

George Endeley, health and safety officer for McAleer & Rushe, organised a series of events for his site operatives, incorporating classes in stress awareness, quitting smoking, healthy eating and a 45-minute session in the gym.

In conjunction with these events, a charity collection was taken.

Deputy Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Ken Ellcome visited the gym last week to congratulate them after they announced they had hit their £1,000 target.

He said: ‘Keeping fit is very important and helps ease pressure on the NHS. It’s great to see a gym supporting the people of Portsmouth in such a productive way.

‘The gym is exciting and very modern and it’s very noble to see a gym focus on charity work so well.’

Manager Peter Cheeseman said he was proud of his team and his customers for their fundraising efforts.

For more go to f4l.com/Portsmouth or search ‘Fit4less Portsmouth’ on Facebook.