Charity spin is no easy ride

Lisa Canavan, Jan Rutherford and Michelle Horton at the St Oswald's event.
Lisa Canavan, Jan Rutherford and Michelle Horton at the St Oswald's event.

FITNESS fans were all in a spin for charity.

Six members of Energie Ladies’ Fitness Club in Morpeth took to the saddle in a punishing three-hour bike work-out in aid of St Oswald’s Hospice.

The sponsored spin-a-thon was organised by gym members Jan Rutherford and Lisa Canavan to thank the hospice for its support and care of their loved ones last year.

The event took place in full public glare in Sanderson Arcade – on Ms Canavan’s birthday.

Club Manager Grace Rodger said: “It was a bit last minute so there wasn’t much training time, but the people who did it are really active in the gym and have big personalities.

“We did manage to do some extra spinning classes and worked out extra hard with them.

“It wasn’t an easy challenge and I think they found it pretty tough going, but they did a really good job.”

The team, which also included Michelle Horton, Hannah Ellison, Catherine White and Energie instructor Michele Delcueto, raised more than £600 for the hospice – double the target.

Fellow gym member Katy Taberham represented St Oswald’s at the event.

Ms Rodger said: “The idea was to raise some money as a bit of thank you to St Oswald’s and the running total is now more than £600.

“Our target was £300, £100 for each hour of the challenge, but people were really generous. St Oswald’s seems to be a charity that everyone knows about. It is local and it does so much for people and I think people appreciate that. ”

The fund-raising continues at the club, which still has tombola prizes to be won, thanks to the generosity of the local businesses that provided them.

People can also donate online at