Colleagues at PureGym have come together, for a week-long National Relay starting at PureGym’s most northerly gym in Aberdeen, and finishing a week later at its most southerly gym in Plymouth, to raise money and awareness for Mental Health UK.
The PureGym National Relay has brought together over 1,500 colleagues from across PureGym’s network of 235 plus gyms to fundraise ahead of a seven-day, non-stop relay travelling from Aberdeen to Plymouth, with gyms across Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England coming together. It kicked off on June 18 and will see PureGym colleagues making their way across the country to raise awareness of the importance of physical exercise in managing mental health. Modes of transport include rollerblading, scootering and even kayaking.
PureGym Ambassador, Sir Chris Hoy, will also be taking part in the relay, at the launch in Aberdeen, before joining the final stage of the relay from Exeter to Plymouth on June 25.
As PureGym celebrates its tenth anniversary, colleagues across the UK have rallied together and organised fundraising activities ranging from 24-hour spinathons, bear crawls to hill walks and raffles.
More people are affected by mental illness in the UK than by cancer or heart disease. People with severe mental illness die on average 20 years earlier than the general population, largely owing to preventable physical health conditions, including diabetes and heart disease.
Humphrey Cobbold, PureGym CEO, said: “It has been great to see colleagues come together and raise such a large sum of money for an important cause. The aim of this relay is to challenge and unite all PureGym colleagues in celebration of the business they have created, the work they do to make the UK heathier and to raise money and awareness for a great cause.”
You can follow the PureGym National Relay’s progress on the live route tracker on https://relay.puregym.com/, as well as following #ShareTheWeight on social media. The website will feature updates throughout the week and includes a running total of funds raised for Mental Health UK.