Exercising the fund-raising spirit in Kelso

Instructors Hayley Law and Leanne Ewart.
Instructors Hayley Law and Leanne Ewart.

Instructors Hayley Law and Leanne Ewart got into the fund-raising mood when Abbey Fitness Centre in Kelso raised more than £1,360 by staging a charity spinathon, marking the establishment’s 20th anniversary.

More than 100 people turned out to take part.

The event was organised by member Marie Mackechnie and owner Stuart McMahon in aid of Comic Relief. Five instructors dedicated their own time to run 12 hourly classes at the centre where a raffle, with prizes donated from around 20 local businesses, as well as a bake sale also took place.

Forty-eight-year-old Marie, of Kelso, has been a member of the club for 12 years.

She said the volunteers chose to raise funds for Comic Relief because “it is a wonderful, worthwhile charity which helps people at home and abroad”.

She added: “We like the fact they help a wide array of causes, from domestic abuse to helping those less fortunate to improve their daily lives, rather than focus on one particular issue.

“It was a fantastic turnout as it was a working day. This meant that there were fewer earlier on, but the sessions got steadily busier and later there was even a reserve list for some of the slots.

“The individual who probably took part the most was Leanne Ewart who led several of the classes, as well as participated when she was not the instructor.”

Marie said the key challenge was to keep going, adding: “You could also say keeping a straight face due to the antics of some.

“One instructor, Kev Welsh, turned up in full mountain bike kit, including full-face helmet and goggles. He also had participants off the bikes and doing mini-challenges during the session.”

More than 100 people turned out to take part.

The event was organised by member Marie Mackechnie and owner Stuart McMahon in aid of Comic Relief. Five instructors dedicated their own time to run 12 hourly classes at the centre where a raffle, with prizes donated from around 20 local businesses, as well as a bake sale also took place.

Forty-eight-year-old Marie, of Kelso, has been a member of the club for 12 years.

She said the volunteers chose to raise funds for Comic Relief because “it is a wonderful, worthwhile charity which helps people at home and abroad”.

She added: “We like the fact they help a wide array of causes, from domestic abuse to helping those less fortunate to improve their daily lives, rather than focus on one particular issue.

“It was a fantastic turnout as it was a working day. This meant that there were fewer earlier on, but the sessions got steadily busier and later there was even a reserve list for some of the slots.

“The individual who probably took part the most was Leanne Ewart who led several of the classes, as well as participated when she was not the instructor.”

Marie said the key challenge was to keep going, adding: “You could also say keeping a straight face due to the antics of some.

“One instructor, Kev Welsh, turned up in full mountain bike kit, including full-face helmet and goggles. He also had participants off the bikes and doing mini-challenges during the session.”