ENERGETIC people in Salisbury took part in a series of sporting events organised by two brothers to raise money for local charity Lucy’s Days Out.
Steve and Toby Giles wanted to find creative ways to help people be healthier and raise money for a local charity at the same time. They decided to support Lucy’s Days Out, a charity that provides trips and treats for sick children, after attending the charity’s ball in April. Steve said: “We went to the ball and we were just blown away by what they do.”
Over the first weekend in July the brothers held two events at Five Rivers Leisure Centre – a three-hour body combat session on the Saturday and a three-hour spinathon on the Sunday.
The sessions were led by professional instructors and more than 100 people took part over the two days. Steve said: “Everyone was incredible. Twenty minutes into the spinathon I was looking at the guys doing it and thinking ‘there’s no way you are going to continue for three hours’ but they did. Seeing the energy and enthusiasm was great, it was like a massive party.”
On July 15 they held a football tournament at Alderbury Football Club, with eight teams and about 40 people taking part. The overall winners were Team GB, captained by Stephan Tinkler.
The events have raised about £1,500 for Lucy’s Days Out and the Giles brothers held a celebration night at the Guildhall on Friday, which included a performance by Lost Soul Choir, to say thank you to everyone who took part.
“It might sound a bit cheesy but we wanted to celebrate the achievement. The amount of effort put in by everyone was unbelievable so we wanted to say thank you,” said Steve.