Jarrow gym praised for keeping community fit and raising money for the NHS

Fitness academy owners have been helping to keep the community motivated and healthy during the coronavirus pandemic – while also raising money for the NHS.

By Sam Johnson
Monday, 6th July 2020, 6:00 am
Lee Tiffin, owner of Black Sheep Fitness Academy
Lee Tiffin, owner of Black Sheep Fitness Academy

Black Sheep Fitness Academy, ran by husband and wife duo Lee and Eilish Tiffin, have been keeping the community active and raising money for the NHS with free online home workouts, earning themselves a nomination for South Tyneside Council’s #ProudToSupport campaign.

Lee and Eilish, who are both 39, were forced to close their Jarrow based fitness academy in March with the introduction of the nationwide lockdown.

However after deciding to keep supporting the community during the crisis, Lee and Eilish have received a lot of praise.

The Mayor of South Tyneside, Councillor Norman Dick, said: “On behalf of the people of South Tyneside, The Mayoress and I would like to convey our gratitude to Lee and Eilish for the work you have done to help keep residents in the borough fit and healthy during this time.”

Black Sheep Fitness Academy is being recognised for promoting exercise in a difficult time as a way of maintaining both physical and mental wellbeing.

Owner Lee Tiffin said: “We have a fantastic group of members at the academy and we have done our utmost to keep providing a valuable service whilst everyone is at home. It is great to see the whole family keeping active.

Proud to Support is part of the #LoveSouthTyneside campaign, which was launched last year to promote everything that is great about South Tyneside, with a strong focus on civic pride, community spirit, volunteering and business links.

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