Gym supports efforts of its kind-hearted members

John Kimbrey who will be trekking the Himalayas in aid of Marie Curie Cancer care next year.
John Kimbrey who will be trekking the Himalayas in aid of Marie Curie Cancer care next year.

Two members from a local gym are hoping to raise money for charity whilst working up a sweat.

The Universal Fitness Centre in Cherry Holt Road, Bourne, will be holding a charity event next weekend on behalf of two of its members, Jodie Mitchell and John Kimbrey.

Jodie Mitchell who is trekking the Sahara to raise money for Help the Heroes.

Jodie Mitchell who is trekking the Sahara to raise money for Help the Heroes.

Both members will be taking on separate treks to raise money for their chosen charities, Help the Heroes and Marie Curie Cancer 
Care.

The fitness centre will be holding a Spinathon on Saturday, October 18, which will involve six 45 minute classes ran back to back, along with a class marathon on Sunday, October 19.

The classes are open to the public with a minimum donation of £10, which will be split between the two chosen charities.

Former Royal Marine Commander John, 59, will be trekking across the Himalayas in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care.

A charity close to John’s heart, Marie Curie provided specialist care and support when John’s wife Haze was diagnosed with cancer in 2011.

Sadly Haze lost her battle with cancer in January this year.

He will be one of 35 people taking on the trek in January which will involve a total of 11 days trekking across the Himalayas.

John said: “I wanted to give back to Marie Curie so that they can help others, it’s such a fantastic organisation and you don’t know the extent of help they give until you’re in that situation.

“Trekking the Himalayas will be a great opportunity and it has been very emotional and heartwarming to see the amount of support I have received from others.”

John has already raised a fantastic total of £4,800 through donations from family and friends, he hopes to reach his target of £6,000 after the event next weekend.

Gym member Jodie, 26, from Victoria Place, Bourne, is going to be taking on a 100km trek across the Sahara Desert in November in aid of Help the Heroes.

She choose the charity after hearing about the death of soldier Lee Rigby and wanted to help raise money for a good cause.

Jodie has already raised £2,700 through a number of other fundraising events, along with donations from friends and family.

Jodie said: “I’m very excited but nervous at the same time, it’s definitely something I’ll only do once in my lifetime.

“I would like to encourage people to come along to our fundraising event and help raise money for a good cause.”

Owner of the Universal Fitness Centre, Harvey Taylor said: “We are really proud of both of them and it’s so nice to see that everyone wants to do their bit to help two great causes.”

To book a place on the Spinathon call the Universal Fitness Centre on: 01778 422424, participants do not need to book in advance for the class marathon.

To make a donation to John or Jodie visit their donation pages at: www.justgiving.com/John-Kimbrey1/ and www.bmycharity.com/jodiesfundraisingpage