Life Leisure take on 24-hour challenge for charity helping Stockport’s isolated individuals

Life Leisure take on 24-hour challenge for charity helping Stockport’s isolated individuals

Staff at Stockport’s Life Leisure are urging members of the public to get behind them in their bid to raise money for a vital local charity hit hard by COVID-19 restrictions.

On Friday 26th June from 11am, Life Leisure employees will take part in a 24-hour walking challenge as part of LOCKDOWN 24 – a special campaign set up by the Street Soccer Academy (SSA) to help individuals struggling mentally and physically with isolation.

As well as each team member pledging to walk 6 hours before they ‘hand the baton’ over to a colleague, every hour participants will take part in a specific sporting or fitness challenge suggested by anyone donating to the cause.

The event has been set up to replace a key fixture in the charity’s fundraising calendar, a 24-hour charity football match usually held Life Leisure’s Holdsworth Village.

“We’ve worked in partnership with SSA since 2009”, said Life Leisure Group CEO Malcolm McPhail, “so we know the amazing job they do using sport to help rehabilitate and reintegrate those who really need our collective support - from the homeless, unemployed, and ex-offenders to those struggling with addiction, disability and mental health issues.

“Over the years that partnership has evolved. Houldsworth Village has become the venue for the Stockport SSA, with Life Leisure also funding places on the programme, helping individuals gain qualifications and providing access to gym facilities for programme participants.

“So, when this year one of their biggest fundraising opportunities looked under threat because of the COVID-19 restrictions, we knew we wanted to help.”

The Stockport fitness provider is asking members of the public to donate and suggest specific challenge activities by visiting, and to follow the team’s progress via its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts from Friday 26th June at 11am.  

All proceeds raised will go towards SSA’s LOCKDOWN 24 campaign.  

Malcolm concluded: “By supporting Lockdown 24, we hope we can help raise such a great cause some much-needed funds and also that our partnership with Street Soccer Academy will continue long into the future”.

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