More than 100 people joined an epic four-hour spinathon at the Village Hotel Nottingham to raise funds for World Vision UK’s Ukraine appeal.
Spin instructors Dani Nolan, Marta Hidalgo-Roffey, Louise Evans, Mike Noble, Karl Murray and Jo Mullock led the four-hour event at the Village Hotel Nottingham.
The event – on Sunday, May 15 – was to raise money for World Vision UK – a charity that works in more than 100 countries, helping bring hope and transformation to poorer communities. World Vision is in Eastern Europe right now, helping provide children and families who have fled from the Ukraine conflict with a safe haven. The money raised from the spinathon will help support World Vision’s work providing hygiene kits, protection and psychosocial support. Afterwards Cheryl Brand, a yoga instructor led a much-needed stretch session for the participants.
Jo Mullock, exercise class coordinator, said: “We had 108 people taking part – both staff and members. The atmosphere was amazing as people took part in between one and four sessions. Quite a few people did all four of them. Spinning for four hours back-to-back is a fantastic achievement.
“We wanted to do something to give back and that’s why we’ve chosen to do this for World Vision UK. We are aware of World Vision’s work, helping people in poorer communities to make positive, sustainable changes that will transform their lives.
“We wanted to create a little buzz around this event and we created a QR code so that the friends and family members of participants could sponsor them.”
Helen Murphy, who completed the whole four hours, said: “This was a fantastic event! There was such excitement from the word go. There was such passion and commitment shown by all the instructors and riders. There was a buzz of energy and we had so much fun dressed in our blue and yellow Ukraine colours. There was great music, singing and dancing and a real sense of community coming together to raise as much money as we could for those suffering from Ukraine. It was brilliantly organised to – thanks to Jo Mullock.”
Julia Carpenter, who also did the whole four hours said: “It was such an incredible, well-planned event. Everyone taking part felt the buzz from the dynamic atmosphere and camaraderie created by our instructors. Best of all, we came together as ‘Team Nottingham’ to help the children of Ukraine! Massive thanks to Jo Mullock.”
To find out more or make a donation visit World Vision UK’s website: https://www.worldvision.org.uk/emergencies/decukrainehumanitarianappeal/