Gym staff get on their bikes to help out council

By Sam Cooper | 13/10/2017

Gym staff get on their bikes to help out council
Adam White (left) and group marketing manager Laura Manley at the gym’s official opening with The Mayor of Rotherham Cllr Eve Rose Keenan, her Consort Pat Keenan and the gym’s mascot Running Man. 171393

GYM staff will take to the saddle for a gruelling 24-hour bike ride to raise money for repairs to a youth centre which was vandalised.

Colleagues at Anytime Fitness will cycle for 12 hours on Monday, October 16, and Tuesday, October 17, in the hope of drawing in the coffers to help 
Bramley Parish Council after it was left with a £1,000 repair bill for the Bill Chafer Youth Centre.

The Advertiser reported last month how vandals had trashed the centre in three separate incidents.

Adam White, club manager at the Sycamore Road gym, said: “We saw the story in the Advertiser about the centre being vandalised and we decided to raise some money for them with it being a community hub.

“We haven’t got a set target on how much we want to raise but we’ll have collection buckets in the gym and people can come down and use the gym for £1 with all proceeds going to council.”

The centre, on Flash Lane, provides facilities and activities for youngsters in the area.

Adam added: “We are trying to do a lot with the community. We only opened in August so we want to focus on the community side of things.

“Places like the Bill Chafer Youth Centre are becoming non-existent so we want to help.”

Council clerk Rob Foulds thanked Adam and his colleagues for their support.
“We are extremely grateful,” he said.

“It came straight out of the blue. It’s Adam’s initiative and we are very pleased that somebody has taken such an initiative and done it all of their own back for the benefit of the community.

“It’s benevolent of these people to use their own time to support the community because that’s what the centre is — it’s not just an asset.”



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