Xercise4Less has become more involved in charity events and things going on in the local community.
2013: Leeds Children’s Hospital at the opening of our Leeds Gym
For our first charity event of 2013, our Leeds club was pleased to host the St Gemma’s Hospice Charity Zumbathon at the end of February. They are still totting up the funds raised however it is looking to be over £15,000 in aid of the Hospice. With over 170 people packed into our Fitness Studio, it was a great event and fantastic to see so many people getting behind St Gemma’s Hospice.
2012: The British Heart Foundation and Leeds Children’s Hospital
For our opening event in February 2012 at our new gym in Leeds, we invited along The British Heart Foundation and Leeds Children’s Hospital to attend. This resulted in a combined event increasing the awareness and profile of both causes, and raising money for the respective charities. By having clubs in different parts of the North of England, they each play a crucial part in the local community where they are based. Therefore we find it to be very important to establish strong relationships with all of our neighbours, and see where we can help out. Further down the line, we are looking to create opportunities where our employees can get involved in any local community
In Support of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
In July 2012 we welcomed military veteran Simon Buckden, who used the gym treadmills to run a full marathon to raise awareness for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Help for Heroes. Simon, who is a member of our Leeds gym, completed the distance, which was his 49th marathon in just 3hrs and 55mins, setting a fantastic athletic example to all. We work actively with Simon as he continues to undertake an incredible feat of running 100 marathons in 100 weeks.
St Gemma’s Hospice The Midnight Walk
In May 2012, at our Leeds gym we hosted The Midnight Walk, where over 800 women took part, all in aid for St Gemma’s Hospice in Leeds. Everyone started arriving from 8.00pm giving them two hours to be entertained by a local children’s break dancing group, drummers, a magician, and to sort out their fancy dress for the walk. Everyone took part in either a 7 or 10 mile walk which commenced at 10pm with a number of walkers completing their walk in just over two hours, where they were given a medal and refreshments on their return. It was a fantastic event to get involved in and a pleasure to host.
Sport Relief 2012
For Sport Relief 2012, at each of our clubs we held a Zumbathon over the Sport Relief weekend which was a huge success and we raised over £700! Thank you to everyone who got involved and supported us, and thank you to the instructors who took gave their time to help!