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Gym staff in charity Easter eggs plea

CHARITY COLLECTION ... Scott Backhurst, Jimmy Mackley and Daniel Bowey at Harton Gym.

CHARITY COLLECTION ... Scott Backhurst, Jimmy Mackley and Daniel Bowey at Harton Gym.

GYM bunnies are switching trade in a bid to spread some Easter joy.

Staff from Harton Sports Centre, in South Shields, have organised their annual Easter egg collection in a bid to collect as many sweet treats as possible for less fortunate children.

So far, the Lisle Road sports centre, headed up by 26-year-old Fitness Instructor Scott Backhurst, has collected 350 eggs from Harton Sports centre members, members of the public, Harton Technology College teachers and students.

“Harton Sports Centre has always raised Easter eggs and this is our eighth year doing so,” said fund-raiser Scott. “I’ve had lots of support from my work colleagues, the gym and the school during the collections. All of the eggs are waiting to be distributed, which I will be doing this week.

“We usually distribute to Barnardo’s, but I really wanted to keep it local this year, donating to charities such as CAST, which is a Young Carers’ Association, children’s homes, Whiteleas Way, Henderson Road and Owen Drive, Boldon.

“The Women’s Refuge in Chichester will benefit, as well as disability charity SNIPS.”

People who donate eggs to the cause have received a one-day gym pass for Harton Sports Centre.

Scott added: “They can avoid consuming the calories as well as burning the calories at the same time – it’s win-win.”

Twitter: @Monica_Turnbull

 

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