Special charity fitness day at Waterfield Leisure Centre in Melton

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A special day of fitness at Waterfield Leisure Centre in Melton on Wednesday will raise money for charity with a variety of activities.

The event, to be run in partnership with Melton Council, is part of a national initiative by the facility’s operator Everyone Active called National Fitness Day, in aid of the Anthony Nolan Trust.

All group exercise classes on the day will be completely free to members in return for donations to the cause, which matches individuals willing to donate their blood stem cells or bone marrow to people who desperately need life-saving transplants.

Between 2pm and 4pm, members will also be invited to enjoy free swimming sessions at the centre.

Waterfield will hold a Watt Bike Challenge for members to take part iin - this is a 30-second test which measures a participant’s average watt peak with the person with the highest score on the day receiving a month’s free membership at the centre.

The centre’s fitness instructor, Myles Hickman, plans to take part in a press-up challenge, with visitors invited to pay £1 to guess the final number. The individual who is closest will win half of the proceeds, with the other half being donated to the charity.

Everyone Active has already encouraged more than 700 people to become a donor for the Anthony Nolan Trust and has raised over £30,000 for the charity through its previous work.

Continuing its pledge to raise funds, the company will be combining the most active day of the year with the launch of its Anthony Nolan Awareness Month.

Everyone Active Fitness Manager Abigail Grewcock said: “The Anthony Nolan Trust is a charity very close to our hearts here at the centres.

“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, whilst raising awareness of 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.”