Stockport residents taking part in Life Leisure’s ten-day fitness challenge have raised over £3,800 for a cancer charity.
Money has been raised through sponsorship of participants of the Stockport fitness provider’s virtual event to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.
Life Leisure came up with the ten-day fitness challenge to support the charity, as the group had been unable to host the annual ‘Race for Life’ event due to restrictions on mass gatherings due to the coronavirus. Life Leisure instead challenged its staff, members and the wider public to jog, walk, run or ride 10km in 10 days, 8km in eight days, 5km in five days or 3km in three days, and post their efforts on social media.
Thanks to their efforts, a massive £3,878 has been raised for the charity.
Ruth Lynch, Head of Health, Fitness and Communities at Life Leisure, headed up the initiative. She said:
It’s been such an amazing event! So many people got behind the idea, set their own specific activity targets and totally smashed it to bring in much needed sponsorship money. We would like to thank everyone who took on our challenge and helped raised such a fantastic sum.
“Lots of charities really depend on sporting events to raise much needed funds, and it’s around now when Cancer Research UK usually holds its Race For Life. We hope this money will go some way toward filling that funding gap caused by the current lockdown restrictions.”
Donations can still be made to support Cancer Research UK, through the event’s Just Giving page.
Image: Stockport resident Charissa Wrenshall and her eight-year-old son Jenson completed 10 x 5k runs in aid of the cause