A 24-hour spinathon at a Wolverhampton gym saw the community put their pedal to the metal and get on their bikes to raise over £1,500 for the Good Shepherd.
Pure Gym Wolverhampton South, based on the Birmingham Road in Wolverhampton, hosted the recent even led by Sam Gordon, personal trainer and CEO of Impact Fitness, but also supported by many other personal trainers from across the city.
Participants could take up one hour slots – or more if they preferred – for an energetic spin class with no let-up in activity from 6pm on the Friday until 6pm on Saturday.
Good Shepherd ambassador Natalie Graham also popped along at the start of the event to show her support.
“We know with Covid how people’s physical and mental health have been affected, and being able to exercise and come together to raise funds for such a vital charity was a great thing to get involved in,” Sam explained.
“For me it was about giving back to my home city and helping people who need it and the Good Shepherd do such a great job supporting the homeless and vulnerable in Wolverhampton.
“We had so much great support both from the staff at the gym, including manager Stephen Clarke and assistant Jack Merrington, and so many other personal trainers which all summed up the sense of community with people wanting to come together to help those in need.”
The sponsorship total is now past their target of £1,500 all of which will go to support the Good Shepherd’s work, with one participant Mandi Kaur raising a fantastic £600.
“I went along for the start of the event and even watching for just a few minutes actually scared me with how energetic it all was,” said Natalie.
“So for people to do an hour’s class, and for many to do even two, three or four hours in a row, was a really fantastic effort.
“It is always great to see how creative people can be with their fundraising, and the money raised is going to make such a difference to the Good Shepherd which is a cause very close to my heart.”
Other personal trainers who led from the front in getting involved included Chloe Broom, Jussie Patel, Grace Bowen and Luke Whitehouse while Sam would also like to thank local companies LILBiteZ and Mr T & Sons for supporting the event.