Gym staff step up to challenge for new screen

DW Fitness general manager, Dominic Herdman; Tesco Community Champion, Lynn Sumner; DW Fitness sales manager Pippa Middleborough, and membership sales consultant, Laura Pickavance
DW Fitness general manager, Dominic Herdman; Tesco Community Champion, Lynn Sumner; DW Fitness sales manager Pippa Middleborough, and membership sales consultant, Laura Pickavance
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Staff at a resort gym ‘stepped’ up to the challenge for Blackpool Victoria Hospital’s neonatal unit recently.

Dominic Herdman, Pippa Middleborough, Laura Pickavance, and Kim Oates, from DW Fitness in Vicarage Lane, Marton, endured hours of step exercises at the nearby Tesco Extra.

Under the watchful eyes of shoppers at the supermarket, in Clifton Road, they raised £196 which will now go towards buying a special monitor for the unit.

Tesco community champion, Lynn Sumner, who arranged the event, said: “It’s amazing how the community comes together to help our causes. It was former employee Lee Ross who, through personal experience, approached me to say that the neonatal unit needed a special apnoea monitor.

“With the help of our Cleveleys store, who raised money through a book sale, and through the support of our staff and customers, we now have enough money to get the monitor, which is fantastic.”

Gym manager Dominic Herdman said: “Today has been fun and it’s been great to help our friends in the community by raising money for good causes.”

And neonatal ward manager Catherine Nash added: “It’s great community support and people’s generosity is amazing.

“The monitors help babies’ breathing both in hospital and at home when they are discharged.”

Dominic, Pippa, Laura, and Kim were cheered on by a special visit from Disney princess Ariel, from the Little Mermaid film, courtesy of Timeless Tales Entertainment, the hospital said.