20-hour static cycle ride raises vital funds for charity
The owner of one of Staffordshire’s most popular gymnasiums has raised over £3000 for disabled children in Staffordshire by holding a 20-hour static cycle challenge at her gym in St Patrick’s Place, Stafford.
Nina Hough, aged 36, set up G-Force Fitness and Wellbeing Centre, in 2016, in one of Stafford’s most historic factory buildings.
Nina, originally from Stoke-on-Trent, but now a resident of Stone, enlisted more than 60 cyclists to help her complete the Vibeathon challenge which began at 11.00am on Saturday January 11th, 2020, and finished at 7.00am the following morning.
Inspired by her 6-year-old nephew, who has cerebral palsy, global development delay, and autism, the former Holden Lane High School pupil, in Stoke, organised the challenge to raise funds for Caudwell Children, the Staffordshire based charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families.
“Because of my nephew I fully understand the many challenges that the parents of disabled children face,” explained Nina. “People wrongly assume that disabled children get all the support they need, in terms of specialist equipment, therapies and treatments, but this couldn’t be further from the truth.
“So I’m delighted that myself and my fellow cyclists smashed our £2,000 target and raised over £3,000 to support local disabled children through Caudwell Children.
“There was a great mix of new and regular customers in the gym and the saddles of the 21 static bikes were constantly filled.”
Roar Juice, based on Mill Street in Stafford, supplied cyclists with fruit packed smoothies to help them complete the challenge, whilst the towns local ASDA store provided water and bananas to keep participants hydrated and energized.
“It was a fantastic 20 hours although I have to say it was much more difficult than I thought it would be,” said Nina. “There was a real party atmosphere during the session and family and friends also brought in chips, Dominos pizza’s, beers, bottles of gin, and assorted party foods to get us through the challenge.”
Nina says that eight individuals stayed for the full 20 hours whilst the average time participants spent pounding the pedals was between 4-5 hours.
“Thankfully there were no injuries during the challenge and at the end it was extremely emotional,” exclaimed Nina. “There were tears and laughter all through the night but on completion of the challenge the outpouring of joy was simply too much as it had been so tiring and we suddenly realised we had achieved a massive thing.”
Nina has nothing but admiration for those who took part in the event. As she concluded: “The level of respect that I have for the customers and staff who got involved couldn’t be higher.
“My Just Giving page is still open and I would urge members of the public to support the magnificent team of cyclist who took part by donating if they can.”
Mark Bushell, from Caudwell Children, is delighted by Nina’s success. He said: “2020 is a big year for Caudwell Children as it sees us celebrating our 20th Anniversary.
“Nina’s challenge was part of Caudwell Children’s #Team20 celebrations to mark the 20th anniversary of the charity’s foundation.
“Throughout 2020 Caudwell Children is encouraging people to engage with the charity in a number of ways, like taking part in a fundraising event, volunteering for the charity, or raising awareness of the charity’s services, in order to join our #Team20.
“We can’t thank Nina and the staff at the G-Force Fitness and Wellbeing Centre, and all those who took part, enough for their herculean efforts on our behalf!”
To make a donation visit teh Just Giving page here.
To find out more about Caudwell Children’s events and challenges visit the web page here.