In a spin for Blue Day

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Claire Peachey-Sigsworth (front) with her pupils ''''Picture: Malcolm Wells (141246-0503) PPP-140426-231419003

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SPINNING classes were on offer non-stop for 12 hours as people aimed to raise money for the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.

Fitness First played host to the 12-hour spinathon which took place at the gym in Fratton on Saturday.

People from across the community turned up to make a donation and take part in the mass spinning classes which involved riding static exercise bikes.

It comes ahead of Blue Day, which takes place across the area this Friday.

Bridget Wilson is the group activities manager at Fitness First.

She said: ‘Speaking to members, we wanted to choose a local charity that was close to people’s hearts. People said it was a good charity.’

The 12-hour spinathon started at 8am on Saturday. People were asked to donate at least £5 and could attend as many classes as they wanted to.

Bridget added: ‘It was really good fun. Nearly all the bikes were full every hour. It was a really good atmosphere.’

So far, around £700 has been raised, but it is hoped that will increase to around £1,000 by the end of the week.

Around 60 per cent of the money will go to the Tom Prince Cancer Trust, with the rest being donated to help those affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

Bridget said the charity was an easy choice, especially as Tom’s mum Adele is a member of the gym, and she came along to thank everyone for the support.

‘Everyone seems to know a lot about the charity,’ said Bridget.

‘A lot of people dress up in blue on the day and do raffles and cake sales. A lot of people seem to know Adele.

‘It seems like a really close-knit community in Portsmouth.

‘It was a success. We had lots of comments and support and people said they enjoyed it more than they thought they would.

‘A lot of people did five or six hours of it. The whole atmosphere was fun.’

The Tom Prince Cancer Trust was set up by Tom’s parents after his death in 2004 from osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. The 15-year-old was a massive Pompey fan.

Blue Day was started by The News in 2008 when Pompey reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

Across the city on Friday, schools and businesses will dress in blue and will do other activities to fundraise.

Click here for more details and to learn how you can take part