Cyclists raise thousands for #teamgeorge campaign

Sponsored cyclists at Westside  Fitness Club , Stamford EMN-160102-115023009
Sponsored cyclists at Westside Fitness Club , Stamford EMN-160102-115023009
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Scores of people took part in a lung-busting static cycle and helped raise more than £6,000 to support an injured teenager.

Westside Health and Fitness in Stamford hosted the fundraising event on Sunday.

Sponsored cyclists at Westside  Fitness Club , Stamford. Left, is one of the organisers Emma Brewster EMN-160102-114900009

Sponsored cyclists at Westside Fitness Club , Stamford. Left, is one of the organisers Emma Brewster EMN-160102-114900009

It was organised by personal trainer Emma Brewster, who wanted to support the #teamgeorge campaign and help George Robinson.

George, 19, suffered a serious back injury while playing rugby for Stamford School in South Africa in July. He is now recovering in hospital in Sheffield, and his friends and family are raising funds to help him through the #teamgeorge campaign.

“I cannot express how overwhelmed I am,” said Emma after the event. “We are still receiving donations, so the exact amount raised is still to be confirmed. But we have made more than £6,000.

“It’s quite astonishing when I only aimed to raise £1,000 when the idea came about.”

Sponsored cyclists at Westside  Fitness Club , Stamford EMN-160102-115038009

Sponsored cyclists at Westside Fitness Club , Stamford EMN-160102-115038009

Those taking part got some extra motivation during the second hour when George’s mother, Gill, came to watch. And she brought a guest - her son, via the FaceTime video calling app.

“He was with us in the studio, watching us all cycling away for him,” said Emma. “It bought a tear to our eyes, that’s for sure.”

Emma thanked all those who made the event possible, including the gym, her father Paul, and all those who donated refreshments and raffle prizes.

A coffee morning for #teamgeorge will be held at Gates Nursery in Cold Overton from 9am to 11am on February 24.