Treat yourself to muscular relief after sport fundraiser


There’s certainly plenty to choose from in the way of fundraising activities in Dacorum for this year’s Sport Relief appeal.

Both of Hemel Hempstead’s Sainsbury’s stores will be encouraging staff and customers to get active this weekend in a fundraising bid for Sport Relief.

In the Woodhall Farm supermarket, commercial manager Mike Judge will be leading the way in cycling the equivalent distance to Paris on an exercise bike over Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The 320 mile target will be reached in-store, with a visit from some sporting personalities who at the moment are being kept under wraps.

Down the road in the Apsley Mills store, shop workers will take on a rowing challenge covering the length of the UK on another piece of gym equipment. One member of staff, Bee Rai, will be running with the company’s chief executive in Stevenage, as part of his own Sport Relief challenge taking place across the country.

A range of Sport Relief merchandise is on offer in both stores – including everything from pin badges and T-shirts to dog toys and onesies – with part of the profits going directly to the telethon appeal which helps vulnerable people in the UK and the world’s poorest countries.

If that sounds like too much hard work, then perhaps a more relaxing way of raising funds would be to take part in the Champneys College massage-a-thon tomorrow. Students studying beauty therapy at the famous Wigginton spa will be asking for a minimum £15 donation in return for a one-hour massage.

The girls will be challenging themselves to see how many massages they can complete non-stop in 12 hours from 10am to 10pm, and it might be the best way to round off the day for those taking part in the Sports Relief mile, swimathon or cycle ride.

College principal Rachel Halling said: “Our students wanted to do something to raise funds for charity and felt that using the massage skills they’ve learned on their course would be the best way to achieve this.”

Massages need to be booked on 01442 291333.