24-Hour Fundraising Marathon for Palliative Care

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A group of male and females dressed for a workout in the gym

Full Circle Fitness (FCF), run by Personal Trainer, Simon Goswell, organised a 24-hour Workout Marathon to raise funds for patients at Arthur Rank Hospice Charity on 8-9 March 2024.

The small but mighty, fitness centre in Dry Drayton, was full of buzz for a whole 24 hours, when people at the gym put their strength, speed and stamina to workout for a good cause.

With 24 back-to-back sessions, spanning from Friday midday to Saturday lunchtime, participants immersed themselves in the fundraising challenge. Each of the sessions had been booked in advance – most of them to the maximum limit of participants – so that during every moment of the 24 hours, someone was training.

Simon commented:

“Even though I know that the awesome crew can nail any challenge they put their mind to, I am so proud of the team’s commitment.”

The team at Full Circle Fitness is no stranger to fundraising. They have supported various causes together before – raising funds for people affected by the Turkey-Syria earthquake and for the victims of the Ukraine war. They have arranged fundraisers for Arthur Rank Hospice Charity before, but because of the untimely passing of their beloved friend, Spider, they decided to come together again to support local people living with an advanced serious illness or other life-limiting condition.

A group of male and females dressed for a workout in the gym

Simon shared the reasons why his crew was eager to start the fundraising challenge:

 “The client base (of the Fitness centre) is about 35 – 55 years old, and I think that everybody has a story when it comes to cancer or other life-ending disease. It’s a sad situation, but it’s the reality. We all have somebody in mind, so it just hits a chord.”

He mentioned two members of the Full Circle Fitness community who went all in with the challenge:

“I have to say a big shout-out to Emma Court and Jonny Stannard – this pair decided that it would be a good idea to do every single session, so they did 24 hours of training. They’re just awesome.”

Reflecting on their unique approach to fundraising, Simon highlighted the natural connection between Full Circle Fitness’s regular activities and their charitable initiatives, whilst the gym harnesses the power of its existing community and culture:

“As a format, this is just what we do. This is our business, we run these sessions with awesome guys, FCF and it just made sense. The reason for the 24-hour sessions is that it enables as many people in our team to come along and get involved.”

The dynamic FCF community managed to raise £12,000 for Hospice patients.

Ellie Weatherly, Corporate Partnerships Lead, commented:

“FCF have raised a tremendous amount for the Charity which will go a really long way in allowing us to continue to support patients and their families in Cambridgeshire. They threw so much passion into the fundraising and it was amazing to witness the community coming together to help FCF smash their fundraising target.”

Full Circle Fitness stands as a shining example of how a small village gym can use their strength for making a difference.

If you would like to get your organisation involved in fundraising to support people in Cambridgeshire living with an advanced serious illness or other life-limiting condition visit arhc.org.uk/fundraising/corporate-partners/ or telephone 01223 675882 or email ellie.weatherly@arhc.org.uk