A FITNESS trainer has organised a 12-hour intense exercise challenge to raise money for a charity which helps people with learning disabilities.

GB Fitness, in Phoenix Industrial Park, Parkeston, opened its studio in June this year.

Bridie Marie Stanford, 32, and her husband Gary are now organising a 12-hour fitness fundraising event from 7pm on Friday, November 29 to 7am on Saturday, November 30 to raise money for Thera Trust.

The money raised from the challenge will go towards the ground rent of a beach hut in Dovercourt, and the regular coffee morning event Thera Trust organises for people with learning disabilities.

Mum-of-two Bridie said the coffee mornings each Tuesday at Long Meadow Court, in Dovercourt, are a way of getting people out in the community.

She said: “There are 15 of us who signed up for the fitness challenge and we are going to do aerial bungee jumping and fitness games.

“This is the first time I’m doing something like this and I’m really excited to do 12 hours of fitness, even if it’s going to be challenging.

“I’m really happy to be able to support this cause.

“It’s nice to be able to help the charity and now I have this space we can do this.

“We want to bring the community together and keep people active and healthy.

“We want to help people to stay active and be involved in something.”

To donate to the fundraiser, email gbfitness@mail.com or call on 07403 316735.