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A Better Spooky Spinathon

Grab your witches hats and pumpkins and head down to Bath Sport and Leisure Centre this Halloween for a spooky spectacle! Guest instructors from Better at the BANES Fitness Team and other brave souls will be spinning for five hours on Saturday 31st October, to help raise funds for The Forever Friends Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care Campaign. Vampires, witches, skeletons and other spooky creatures will be spinning in true monster mash fashion with Halloween songs played throughout to get ‘dem bones’ in the crowd (and on the bikes) shaking!

GLL, which has recently taken over the management of a number of leisure centers throughout the B&NES area, is the UK’s largest leisure charitable social enterprise. The new contract began 1 July 2015 and covers Bath Sport and Leisure Centre, Keynsham Leisure Centre, Culverhay Leisure Centre, Chew Valley Leisure Centre, Odd Down Playing Fields and the Bath Pavilion.  Through an estimated £17 million of investment, the Council’s leisure centers will be modernised and upgraded by GLL.

GLL is committed to working with the Council to deliver objectives on raising levels of physical activity and tackling health inequalities as set out in the Fit for Life Strategy. As part of this focus Better was introduced as the public ‘face’ for GLL, with an aim to provide more than just access to services but to invest in local communities as well.

Daniel Goetz, Fitness and Operations Manager at Bath Sports and Leisure Centre comments:

“Better is all about supporting the local community and The Forever Friends Appeal makes life changing chances to those in need. As such we are committed to supporting this local charity as they work towards funding projects that make a real difference to the lives of hundreds of thousands of local patients cared for by the Royal United Hospital year as well as the many friends and family who visit them – all of which are part of our wider community. Our Halloween themed spinathon fundraiser is going to be a lot of fun and if you are able to provide a few cheers or a donation on the day it will make a huge difference.”

The Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care Campaign is raising £8.5 million towards the build of an exceptional new Cancer Centre at the Royal United Hospital in Bath. Each year the RUH treats over 2200 new cases of cancer from the hospital’s extensive catchment area and as such it has been a long-term aim to seek a solution to the current disjointed 70 year old facilities to bring Cancer Services at the RUH all under one roof. The new Cancer Centre will balance clinical expertise with the provision of a nurturing and therapeutic environment, making patients feel safe, supported and special so that they can get through their treatment with the least amount of stress, and their families can feel that they are well supported as well.

Laura Pearce, Events Fundraiser for The Forever Friends Appeal comments: “We are so grateful to Bath Sports and Leisure Centre who support the Appeal year after year. Over this time they have raised thousands of pounds for the Royal United Hospital. So far the RUH Cancer Care Campaign has raised £6.9 million towards the final goal but it’s the continued support from the public and local organisations like Bath Sports and Leisure, who are dedicated to the Hospital and the local community, that will help raise the final £1.6million.”

Please stop by the Bath Sport and Leisure Centre on Saturday 31st October to support this spinning monster marathon! The spooky spinners will be based on the walkway outside the Centre between 12:30pm and 17:30pm… just before the witching hour begins! If you would like to support their efforts you can donate to their Just Giving page: www.justgiving.com/Spookyspinathon

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