West End man seeks Spin-a thon volunteers

David Morris, 57, from West End is calling for local people to join him on a four-day spinathon event to raise vital funds for Parkinson’s UK.

David is looking to recruit 300 volunteers to cycle the equivalent of 5,000 miles between them on an indoor stationary bike.

David was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in March 2011.

David, a professional karate teacher and spinning instructor, explains:

 “When I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s last year I was devastated. But the support from my family, friends and fiancé has been brilliant and they really make a difference to my life.

“I wanted to do something to raise funds for Parkinson’s UK to help find a cure. Virgin Active is supporting the event with the use of their cycling studio to achieve the 5,000-mile target. I’m appealing to local people to come along and join in the fun for a couple of hours. All time slots over the four day period of the challenge have to be filled to make it work.”

Participants can choose the length of time that they cycle. One, two, three or four hour slots are available.

The number of miles each volunteer cycles will be recorded on a large map of the UK, which equates to the 5,000 miles of coastal roads in the UK.

The Parkinson’s UK Spinathon 5000 takes place from Thursday 25 October – Sunday 28 October from 12 noon – 6pm at Virgin Active Hampshire Health Club, Botley Road, West End, Southampton.

Spinning is an organised indoor cycling activity that involves the use of a special stationary exercise bike.

Paul Jackson-Clark, Director of Fundraising at Parkinson’s UK, said:

“Spinning for over four days is a real challenge and we hope that many people will be inspired to join David so that he doesn’t have to face this epic ride alone.

“As the UK’s Parkinson’s support and research charity we’re leading the work to find a cure, and we’re closer than ever. But our work is totally dependent on donations.

“We are incredibly grateful to David for his support, and I hope the event doesn’t leave him too saddle sore.”

Virgin Active has generously donated the space at their club for the spinathon and the services of their studio cycling instructors.

All funds and sponsorship raised from the event will go towards research into finding a cure, and improving the lives of the 127,000 people in the UK who are living with Parkinson’s.

 

To book a time slot at Parkinson’s UK Spinathon 5000

visit this link.

To sponsor David or make a donation visit: www.justgiving.com/David-Morris34

For further information and a sponsorship form call David on 02380 477677 or 07841 434753. Email: kyudokan@talktalk.net

  2 comments for “West End man seeks Spin-a thon volunteers

  1. September 19, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Love the idea of a Spin-a-thon.

    Borough Councillors well qualified to take part, I should think…

  2. Stephen Slominski
    September 19, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Very good Ray.

    I had to chuckle to myself yesterday when I noticed one West End Councillor has this statement on their Twitter profile:

    “All views are my own”

    Lol…pull the other one Dan!

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