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Shaking up for Children in Need in Waterlooville

SMOOTH Fitness coach Ragbi Miah, centre, who made smoothies for customers at Fitness First in Waterlooville, with Harry Sparshatt, left and Joe Hill. Picture: Steve Reid (123681-791)

SMOOTH Fitness coach Ragbi Miah, centre, who made smoothies for customers at Fitness First in Waterlooville, with Harry Sparshatt, left and Joe Hill. Picture: Steve Reid (123681-791)

 

ACTION lovers enjoyed their drinks shaken and stirred at a smoothie stall in aid of Children in Need.

Members at Fitness First, at Dukes Walk, Waterlooville, enjoyed fruity cocktails made by the staff as part of the club’s week of fundraising for the charity.

Members were offered the healthy drinks – one of their five a day – as an energy boost after their workout.

Health and fitness manager at the club April Lane said: ‘The drinks were very popular.

‘People all round the club were drinking them.

‘They were a perfect way to start our week of charity events, because people felt good that they were getting some of their five a day while helping a good cause at the same time.’

To continue to boost the amount raised for Children in Need, the club’s workers and members together completed a 250,000m rowing challenge yesterday.

Today they are taking part in a medicine ball task.

The ball is being thrown between staff and members in the hope of never touching the ground – anyone who does drop it must pay a forfeit in the form of a donation to the charity.

A cake and coffee morning will be held tomorrow and on Friday there is a three-hour sponsored spinathon in the gym’s studio.

April added: ‘We wanted to do something for Children in Need but we wanted it to be more than just a day so decided to do a week’s worth of events.

‘That way we can hold lots of different challenges and get everyone involved in some way.’

On the penultimate day of the week of events, Saturday, the gym’s spin bikes will be in the precinct at Waterlooville town centre and staff for another three-hour session.

Members of the public will be invited to have a shot and donations will be collected – all of which will be split evenly between Children in Need and a memorial fund for John Bennett.

Mr Bennett, 72, from Grange Close, Havant, died from a heart attack while on holiday in Lanzarote last month, as previously reported.

He was well known by all the staff at the gym.

They hope money raised from the event will be enough to buy a memorial bench in his honour for the precinct.

The club will hold a three-hour fitness session on its final day of fundraising for Children in Need on Sunday.

 

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