Wheels of fortune
Staff and members of a local gym have pedalled their way to raise over a thousand pounds for a local hospice.
Damien Stone, the owner of the ladies-only Go30 health club in the High Street in Romford, organised a 24 hour 'bike-a-thon' that started at 12 midday on Friday September 11th.
"We've always supported Saint Francis Hospice and over the years have raised more than £10,000 for them by taking part in events like the Star Walk, but we also wanted a new challenge that would be a great way of getting our staff and club members involved so we hit on the idea of using one of our static exercise bikes non-stop for 24 hours."
The Hospice mascot Frankie the Lion was the first to pump the pedals closely followed by two members of the hospice's Hospice at Home team. Ann Hart, from Doddinghurst, a Senior Staff Nurse who joined the hospice in May said she was prepared for her bit of pedalling: "I've brought an extra strong mint with me for extra energy!"
Ann (pictured with Damien) was followed by Hospice at Home Health Care Assistant Laura Young from Rainham. Laura jumped on the bike for 15 minutes before starting her 1pm - 9pm work shift. Club members June Burgess from Bulphan and Iris Cooper from Hornchurch, both veterans of the summer Star Walk were happy to try a new way of helping raise money for the Havering-atte-Bower based hospice.
Dani Maxey and Lauren Forde both from Romford and trainers at the club were on hand to give encouragement as members took to the bike for 30 minute periods. Dani said: " One of our catchphrases at Go 30 is "fitness workouts for busy lives" which is why we arrange circuits that can be completed in 30 minutes and those circuits usually include bikes so a lot of our members have signed up to help us keep the bike going for 24 hours continuously."
Events Manager at Saint Francis Hospice Katy Woodgate said: "Go30 are big corporate supporters of the hospice and generous sponsors of our Star Walk and we are so grateful to Damien, his staff and the club members for spending 24 hours helping us once again."
Go 30 staff (from L to R: Dani Maxey, Lauren Forde and Damien Stone) with Frankie the lion and Senior Staff Nurse Ann Hart on the bike.
Healthcare Assistant Laura Young with Frankie the lion
Go30 members June Burgess (left) and Iris Cooper
Refreshment for Tracey Henwood as she takes on the 30 minute challenge