18th September 2023

John Griffin from Wrington, North Somerset is planning a mega 12-hour spinathon in order to raise money for Bristol & Weston Hospitals Charity and the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.

John might look familiar - and that's because he is! Five years ago John did the same challenge and raised £11,500 for the Bristol Heart Institute. This time round, he's hoping to raise £15,000 to be split equally between the two charities.

The 80-year-old is calling on people from across Bristol and North Somerset to join him at the event which is taking place at the health club and spa, Cadbury House in Congresbury on Saturday 30th September.

John's challenge

A spin enthusiast, John teaches his own regular classes and is keen for anyone who wants to take part to get in touch and give it a go.

The peddling starts at 8am and continue through to 8pm with slots being allocated on a one-hour basis. Participants can take up as many one-hour slots as they wish, meaning those brave enough can take part for the full 12 hours!

Anyone taking part is asked to donate £10, which is a flat rate for one hour or up to the maximum 12. The remaining fundraising will be through sponsorship and donations on the day.

Commenting on the event John said: “I’ve been a keen spin cyclist for many years so is the obvious thing to do to raise not only awareness but money for these two incredible charities.

I’m sure there are many people who have personally or know someone who has been helped by the Bristol & Weston Hospitals Charity and the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity is world renowned for its help with young people suffering from cancer.

“I do have a personal connection with the Royal Marsden as my granddaughter who is 13 years old is currently undergoing treatment having been diagnosed back in May, so is certainly close to the heart.

“All money will be split 50-50 so we want to raise as much as possible and we’re also hoping that anyone who visits during the day will pop any spare change into collection buckets adding to the overall total.”

How to get involved

Those wishing to take part can either contact John direct on [email protected] or pop to the club and spa at Cadbury House in Congresbury and place their name on the main sheet in reception.

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