Gym ‘spin-a-thon’ helps feed Kenyan children

Gemma Vaughan's Spinathon in aid of the Solomon project
Gemma Vaughan's Spinathon in aid of the Solomon project

A group of friends have raised more than £1,600 for The Solomon Project, a charity that feeds children in Eldoret, Kenya, by organising a three-hour spin-a-thon at Clitheroe gym Carter Leisure.

At the beginning of the month, 20 enthusiastic “spinners” took part in three hours of endurance cycling to raise money for the African charity.

Event organiser Gemma Vaughan, former marketing manager at Clitheroe’s The Grand Venue, said: “I am really pleased with the amount of money that we have raised. It only costs £17 per year to feed a child in Eldoret, and with the money we have raised we will feed 58 children for a whole year.

“When I went out to visit the Solomon Project in September of last year, it changed my life and made me want to do everything I can to help improve the lives people less fortunate than myself.

“I thought a spin-a-thon would be a great way of challenging people, and making sure they have pushed themselves to do something positive for charity and I am really grateful to Carter Leisure for hosting this event for me.”

The Solomon Project is now feeding over 9,000 children in Eldoret, Kenya, because of the kind support of local Clitheroe community sponsors and a wide range of events.