Gym members add to Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice appeal

Kirsty Clipston from Sue Ryder receives cheque from  John Sheeham watched by members of the Westside Gym at Stamford EMN-150303-154406009

Kirsty Clipston from Sue Ryder receives cheque from John Sheeham watched by members of the Westside Gym at Stamford EMN-150303-154406009

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Gym members pedalled enthusiastically for three hours to raise money for Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice.

Helen Cole, a member at Westside Health and Fitness in Stamford, organised the charity Spinathon, which took place on February 1.

In the past her events have raised funds for Macmillan Cancer Support and Cancer Research UK but this time she chose a cause a little closer to home - Thorpe Hall Hospice’s £6m Capital Appeal to build a new hospice alongside the current building.

Westside instructor John Sheeham led the class of 16. And on Tuesday, Helen was delighted to hand over £815 - double her target - to Kirsty Clipston, from the hospice.

Helen said: “Sadly I’ve lost friends and family to cancer and I feel it’s important to help these worthwhile charities. Raising funds for Thorpe Hall was a bit closer to home and a bit more personal as some of those who took part know the work the hospice does.

“Everyone paid £25 to take part but a lot of people gave more generously and one lady raised £200 from sponsorship.

“Considering that most of those who signed up wanted the personal challenge of spinning, it was a great amount of money to raise.”

More than half of the money needed for the new hospice has been raised and building work has already started.

For more information about Thorpe Hall and the £6m appeal visit www.thorpehall.org

If you’re organising an event for the Thorpe Hall appeal, let us know. E-mail the newsdesk or call 01780 758951.