Action team raise more than £500 for Comic Relief

Action team raise more than £500 for Comic Relief

A team of super-fit fundraisers sprinted their way around the whole of Stockport today (Friday, March 17) to raise money for Comic Relief.

The Forest Gump inspired challenge, which was organised by staff at Life Leisure, saw 10 participants run or cycle an impressive 19.5miles around the town, visiting eight Life Leisure centres along the way.

And with spin challenges, sponsored leg waxing and bake offs taking place in the centres, fundraisers collected have so far collected around £500 for the charity, with more donations expected.

John Oxley, CEO of Life Leisure said: “Comic Relief is a fantastic and worthwhile charity that aligns with so many of our values here at Life Leisure, so each year we look forward to doing something to support them.

“It’s been a fantastic day. The run and cycle around all our centres was a great way to reach so many of our neighbourhoods, and it proved a really useful way to encourage lots of people to get involved and be physically active – they could take part in the whole thing or just challenge themselves to do a section. Most importantly, there was energy and good humour as well as some impressive outfits – we’re terrifically proud of everyone who took part and supported us!”

Hannah Bowler, Active Communities Children & Young People’s Manager at Life Leisure, organised the fundraiser with Head of Health and Fitness Daniel Barker.

She said: “We’ve had a brilliant day and we’re so happy to have raised more than £500 for the cause – with hopefully more to come! 
“We’d like to thank everyone who took part and made this such a fantastic event.”

Participants kicked off their journey from Life Leisure’s Houldsworth Centre at 9am, taking in Brinnington, Stockport Sports Village, Romiley, Hazel Grove, Cheadle, Avondale and Grand Central before returning to Houldsworth by early afternoon.  

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