Children in Need 2016: Fitness fans and crafters in Royston, and Bassingbourn cadets all step up for charity

PUBLISHED: 08:58 23 November 2016 | UPDATED: 09:04 23 November 2016

The group after finishing the 24-hour sports challenge.

The group after finishing the 24-hour sports challenge.

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A Royston Gym and Bassingbourn cadet squadron were just two of the groups up and down the country taking part in activities for Children in Need at the weekend.

The group taking part in the 24-hour sports challenge at Fighting Fit Gym  in Royston.The group taking part in the 24-hour sports challenge at Fighting Fit Gym in Royston.

A Royston gym and a Bassingbourn cadet squadron were just two of the groups up and down the country taking part in activities for Children in Need at the weekend.

David Ayliffe and members of his Fighting Fit Gym, and CrossFit Royston did a 24-hour ride, run and row challenge.

“The idea came to me about two weeks ago when I was reminded about Children in Need,” he said.

Tim and Matty took part in the 24-hour sports challenge at Fighting Fit Gym  in Royston.Tim and Matty took part in the 24-hour sports challenge at Fighting Fit Gym in Royston.

“Being a local family owned Gym, I am always looking at ways to give back to the community. Reminded of Children in Need, I knew I wanted to do something to help change the lives of these little ones and I was confident our Fighting Fit and CrossFit family would want to be a part of it.”

“We had one spin bike, rower and treadmill constantly moving from 8am Saturday morning until 8am the next day.

The team spent a minimum of 30 minutes on the equipment and three men took part for seven hours straight. In total the distance reached was 1213.53 miles and raised £2170.81.

Cadets from 2484 (Bassingbourn) Squadron attended the Children In Need Rickshaw Challenge at IWM Duxford.
Cadets from 2484 (Bassingbourn) Squadron attended the Children In Need Rickshaw Challenge at IWM Duxford.

Cadets from 2484 (Bassingbourn) Sqadron were thrilled to be invited to the Children In Need Rickshaw Challenge at IWM Duxford.

They helped to cheer in the rickshaw as it arrived at the museum with BBC One Show presenter Matt Baker riding alongside it.

Cadet Clarke said: “It was a really fun night, a great experience and so nice to have been asked.”

Cadets from 2484 (Bassingbourn) Squadron attended the Children In Need Rickshaw Challenge at IWM Duxford with Matt Baker.Cadets from 2484 (Bassingbourn) Squadron attended the Children In Need Rickshaw Challenge at IWM Duxford with Matt Baker.

ATC Sergant Buckle said: “It was great to be there with the cadets helping Children In Need and it was the highlight of my year so far.”

If you would like to join the squadron email 2484@aircadets.org. They are having a new recruit intake in January.

Back in Royston the team of knitters and crocheters who tackled seven hours of blanket-making were thrilled to have raised more than £300 from their seven-hour blankathon at the Jolly Postie pub.

Sue Hawkes and Laura Whitford  at the Blankathon. Picture: Clive Porter Sue Hawkes and Laura Whitford at the Blankathon. Picture: Clive Porter

Blankathon organiser Laura Whitford’s team included Alison White, Alice Martin, Alison Scully, Sue Hawkes, Christine Baker and Tracey Ratcliffe.

They raised the cash selling raffle tickets to win the unique blanket and have announced the total raised was £364.

For more on the cause go to www.bbcchildreninneed.co.uk/fundraisinghub.

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