Blandford Leisure Centre, operated by Everyone Active in partnership with North Dorset District Council, will be inspiring the community to get active on 9th September for UK Active’s National Fitness Day and throughout the month of September.
As part of the initiative, Everyone Active will be running nationwide activity challenges at all their centres around the country for members and colleagues. Participants will be encouraged to raise money for the Anthony Nolan Trust, a charity that matches individuals willing to donate their blood stem cells or bone marrow to people who desperately need lifesaving transplants.
Held indoors at the gym and running throughout the day and the rest of the week, participants will be challenged to cycle, run and row at least 1km on each activity – 1km on a bike, 1km on a treadmill and 1km on a rowing machine.
In addition, members and guests will also be challenged to swim the most amount of lengths in 30 minutes. Each swimmer will be entered into a prize draw to win three months free membership. Anyone taking part in these challenges are asked to donate £1 to the Anthony Nolan Trust.
Everyone Active has already encouraged more than 700 people to become a donor for Anthony Nolan and has raised over £30,000 for the charity through its previous work. Continuing its pledge to raise funds, Everyone Active will be combining the most active day of the year with the launch of its Anthony Nolan Awareness Month.
Many other fundraising activities will also take place at each centre throughout the month, including a series of children’s activities and group exercise sessions.*
Each week there will be a different activity focus, for example, fitness, swim or group exercise, and all of the money raised will go towards the Anthony Nolan Trust. The initiative will continue until 11th October, coinciding with National Blood Cancer Awareness Month, which also runs in September.
“The Anthony Nolan Trust is a charity very close to our hearts here at the centres,” says Sally Ellis, Everyone Active General Manager. “We are going to do everything we can to raise as much money as possible for those suffering from blood disease and their families and raise awareness for Anthony Nolan. National Fitness day is a perfect opportunity to get everyone involved in trying out a new activity and to launch our awareness month for the charity – what better way to get active than by doing so for a good cause? We are offering a variety of activities for people of all ages and abilities throughout the day and the ensuing month and we really hope to inspire the local community to get involved in our fundraising efforts.”
To make a donation to the Anthony Nolan Trust, Click here