Two years of fundraising by members of the Les Slinn All Stars running club has raised £7,000 to purchase a vibrogym machine and an ‘electric chair’ for the Swindon Therapy Centre for Multiple Sclerosis.
Club members raised sponsorship by running the Rome marathon, attending car boot sales, holding cake stalls and publishing a sports events’ calendar.
Club secretary Clare Slinn said committee members Rachel Hanrahan, Nicola Dolman and Becky Ball coordinated the project. “Les Slinn Fitness Studios has worked with the MS Centre for several years and the runners wanted to continue this.”
Therapy centre physiotherapist Jan Howard said: “We’re so pleased that the Allstars have been able to buy the vibrogym which is an expensive piece of kit found in commercial gyms. The vibrations have a soothing effect which can relieve pain and boost circulation. It’s particularly good for relaxing muscles before a massage.
“The fully adjustable chair enables sufferers to sit properly whilst using the static exercise bike to improve mobility and strengthen muscles. It means people can independently use it without having to call on assistance.
“Both pieces of equipment are really helping our work.”
• The MS Centre was presented with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2012 by the Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire, Mrs Sarah Troughton on Friday 21 September
Pictured: Jan Howard with AllStars and the equipment donated to the MS Centre