Charity bike day for war heroes

Pulse Fitness and Health Club hold a spinathon in aid of Help For Heroes.

Pulse Fitness and Health Club hold a spinathon in aid of Help For Heroes.

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A kind hearted ex-soldier and his wife have hosted a thirteen hours bike-a-thon to raise funds for charity.

Phil and Tamara Lake organised the day-long event at their gym Pulse Fitness, Derby Road, Ripley, to fundraise for Help For Heroes (H4H).

Thirteen hour-long classes kicked off at 7.15am on Monday and ran back-to-back throughout the day with between 60 and 70 people taking part.

Both Phil, 57, and Tamara, 40, spent six hours each cycling in the gym and other fundraisers chose certain classes to take part in throughout the day.

The group was made up of gym members, community folk and ex-soldiers.

Phil, who served in the Army in the 1970s, said he wanted to donate to H4H as it was a cause close to his heart.

He said: “I try and do fundraising for charity annually. In the past I have run marathons and hosted other events for various charities but I wanted to do something a little bit closer to home.”

H4H is a British charity launched to help provide better facilities for British servicemen and women who have been wounded or injured in the line of duty.

The couple planned the event for months and have been overwhelmed by the support.

Phil said: “I want to say a big thank you to everyone that got involved and either took part in the spin-a-thon or donated to the good cause.

“There is still time to donate, every little helps.”

If you want to donate you can contact Help For Heroes directly or drop into the gym’s reception where a donation bucket is located.