24-hour gym ef­fort for char­ity

Hamilton Advertiser - - ALL ABOUT LANARKSHIRE - Kirsten Mc­stay

The Gym in Hamil­ton took part in a 24-hour char­ity chal­lenge as part of their fundrais­ing mis­sion for the home­less.

Staff at the Palace Grounds Re­tail Park venue are on a mis­sion to raise as much money as pos­si­ble for Sleep in the Park.

As well as tak­ing part in the ac­tual event on December 8, the team or­gan­ised a 24-hour gym chal­lenge where they held 24 classes and man­aged to raise over £1500.

Gym at­tack, spin­box, flex, ket­tle­bells and burn were only just a few of the classes on the pro­gramme.

The staff will sleep rough in Kelv­in­grove Park in December in an event or­gan­ised by so­cial en­ter­prise group So­cial Bite. It aims to call for an end to home­less­ness in Scot­land by en­cour­ag­ing thou­sands to sleep in the streets for one night.

Last year, the sleep-out raised £4 mil­lion for projects which aid those ex­pe­ri­enc­ing hous­ing prob­lems.

Per­sonal trainer Dar­ren Mcma­hon said every­one done re­ally well dur­ing the chal­lenge. He said:“we did 24 classes over the 24 hours, each class was half an hour long.

“Four of us com­pleted them all, while other mem­bers came and went some do­ing up to 12 classes.

“We’ve raised £1500 so far. We are halfway there. We did a drop-off last week with clothes, a few peo­ple over the week­end have came down with more clothes as well, so it’s go­ing well. Star­bucks Hamil­ton were com­ing over and sup­ply­ing us with cof­fee too.”

The Gym also took to Face­book to thank every­one for tak­ing part. They said:“after us­ing the week­end to re­cover from 24 classes in 24 hours, we man­aged to count the funds raised and it was £1500!

“Huge thank you to all the staff and mem­bers that took part in this awe­some event and to all of our friends, fam­ily and fel­low mem­bers that were kind enough to do­nate.

“Our fundrais­ing ef­forts do not stop here. We will con­tinue to raise funds right up un­til the main event on Satur­day, December 8.

“First off, if you still wish to do­nate to our on­line fundrais­ing to­tal then you can still do so. Thank you in ad­vance to any of you that do­nate any­thing at all you can spare, ev­ery £1 counts.

“We also have a huge raf­fle with prizes in­clud­ing overnight at Turn­berry, af­ter­noon tea with Prosecco in Ed­in­burgh, Glas­gow overnights, restau­rant vouch­ers, beauty pack­ages and more at only £5 per strip.

“Help us spread the word of our raf­fle. Bril­liant prizes to be win just in time for Christ­mas presents.

“Well done every­one in­volved in the 24-hour chal­lenge. You all smashed it!”

Go to uk.vir­gin­money­giv­ing.com/ Team/dar­ren-mcma­hon-pt to do­nate.

Top ef­fort Staff and mem­bers smashed the chal­lenge

Fit­ness fun The gym set up the chal­lenge for char­ity

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