Fitness fundraiser for Martin House

Members of a Boston Spa gym will be taking part in a fitness challenge this Spring to raise funds for Martin House Children’s Hospice.

Around 20 trainers and clients at Five star Fitness will be raising the cash for 15-year-old Kayleigh Martin- who suffers from brain atrophy.

The group will also be fundraising for other children with life-limiting illnesses at the Clifford-based children’s hospice.

The team will take part in a agility course which combines running and a series of obstacles at Bramham Park on Saturday March 2.

The course is known as the Major Series, a tough but fun fitness obstacle designed by the British Armed Forces.

Jamie Field, MD of Five Star Fitness said: “Kayleigh has brain atrophy which has left her with severe epilepsy, profoundly disabled and unable to communicate.

Kayleigh requires 24 hour nursing care at home by respite nurses and her incredible family.

She said: “But despite all her problems she is a happy 15-year-old with all her likes and dislikes of her peers and we’re delighted to be offering her support in this way- all the clients are especially motivated due to the cause.”

Martin House Children’s Hospice is a charity which provides care and support for children with life-limiting illnesses.

The hospice, which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year, was founded by the former Archdeacon of York, The Venerable Richard Seed.

Kayleigh’s mum, Michelle Martin, said: “We first went to stay at Martin House when Kayleigh was four year’s old and her brother Jamie who was just six weeks old.

“It is an amazing place and has supported us through good times and not so good times, only a phone call away night or day.

“As well as caring for Kayleigh and myself in the form of respite to enjoy a break from caring.

“Martin House offers invaluable support to Jamie as a sibling so often forgotten.”

For more information or to donate to the fundraiser visit the 5 Star Fitness Centre Just Giving site