Gym goes the extra mile to raise charity cash

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

Thursday, 23rd June 2016, 5:52 am
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 8:47 pm
Fit4Less staff with McAleer and Rushe workers

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.

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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.

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