PureGym kicks off National Relay for Mental Health UK

11 June 2019 09:00 - 18 June 2019 16:00

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PureGym kicks off National Relay for Mental Health UK

Over 1,500 PureGym colleagues across the UK are taking part in a 7-day non-stop National Relay starting on the 18th June to raise £250k for Mental Health UK

11th June 2019, Lincoln – Colleagues at PureGym, the UK’s leading gym operator, will come together on Monday 18th June for a week-long National Relay from Aberdeen to Plymouth to raise money and awareness for Mental Health UK.

Staff at PureGym Lincoln will join over 1,500 colleagues from across PureGym’s network of 235+ gyms to take part in a 7-day, non-stop relay traveling from Aberdeen to Plymouth via all major UK cities.

Kicking off in Aberdeen on Monday 18th June, the relay will pass through Lincoln at around 1pm] on Friday 21st PureGym staff will be running, cycling their way from Lincoln to Mansfield to raise awareness of the importance of physical exercise in managing mental health.

PureGym Ambassador, Sir Chris Hoy, will also be taking part in the relay, launching it in Aberdeen, before joining the final stage of the relay from Exeter to Plymouth on 25th June.

As PureGym celebrates its tenth anniversary, colleagues at Lincoln have organised fundraising activities ranging from Cake sales to charity classes and much more.

More people are affected by mental illness in the UK than by cancer or heart disease. People with severe mental illness die on average 20 years earlier than the general population, largely owing to preventable physical health conditions, including diabetes and heart disease.

Humphrey Cobbold, PureGym CEO, said:“It has been great to see colleagues come together and raise such a large sum of money for an important cause. The aim of this relay is to challenge and unite all PureGym colleagues in celebration of the business they have created, the work they do to make the UK heathier and to raise money and awareness for a great cause.”

You can follow the PureGym National Relay’s progress on the live route tracker onhttps://relay.puregym.com/, as well as following #ShareTheWeight on social media. The website will feature updates throughout the week and includes a running total of funds raised for Mental Health UK.

Further information is available on request.

Media Enquiries:

Teneo – Rebecca Hislaire / Hamish Docherty, 020 7260 2700

Mental Health UK – Patrick O’Brien, 020 7840 3024

About PureGym

PureGym is the UK’s leading gym operator providing low-cost and high-quality fitness facilities for over 1 million members spread over 235+ sites. PureGym was launched in 2009 and pioneered the model for affordable, flexible, high-quality fitness clubs in the UK. Members pay monthly and have no contract commitment. Most of its 235+ gyms are open 24 hours a day across the UK and offer a full range of top of the line equipment including cardiovascular equipment, fixed-resistance and free weights.

Each gym typically offers over 220 pieces of fitness equipment and up to 80 group exercise classes each week delivered by around 2,500 personal trainers. In November 2017, affiliates of Leonard Green & Partners, L.P. acquired a controlling interest in the business. The company has received a number of awards and accolades over the last year including appearing in the Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 for the fifth consecutive year and The Sunday Times Top 100 companies to work for.

About Mental Health UK

Mental Health UK guides people and organisations to mental health advice, information and support that makes a difference. Mental Health UK brings together four UK mental health charities with over 40 years of combined experience supporting people affected by mental health problems.

Living with a mental health condition can affect many aspects of daily life, from your physical health to your home, your work and ability to manage money. Every year, Mental Health UK provide thousands of people across the UK with practical advice and information to help understand and manage their mental health. Mental Health UK campaigns for the rights of those severely affected by mental illness and bring people with common experiences together to support each other. Mental Health UK have over 400 services and 200 support groups which make a real difference to people’s lives.

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