Chesterfield swimmers get caught in a spin

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Members, parents and coaches from Chesterfield Swimming Club club took part in a sponsored spin-a-thon in order to raise money not only for their upcoming training camp to Fuerteventura but also for the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

A combination of laughs and hard work saw everyone raise a massive £1,200, with both causes receiving 50 per cent each.

The day consisted of two 90 minute spin sessions with the swimmers being split into two groups and getting sponsors for their 90 minute session.

Every day Heart and Circulatory disease takes the lives of more than 400 people in the UK and today alone around 515 people will go to hospital with a heart attack.

The British Heart Foundation also works to prevent sudden Cardiac Arrest in Athletes such as swimmers by providing screening and testing days and research into the condition which can remain symptomless until the attack happens.

With the money raised the BHF can do more research into these conditions and hopefully find new ways of detecting and treating these potentially life shortening conditions before they happen.

Assistant head coach Carla Bickerstaffe said: “I want to thank everyone who took the time to participate, help organise on the day and also all those who donated towards both causes.

“The money collected will be split equally between the BHF and the training camp.

“A special thank you to those at Simply Gym in Chesterfield for helping out with the day, Gav Holmes and Talissa Willers – our amazing spin instructors, parents who stayed and were on ‘water bottle filling duty’ and our coach Jack Chambers for coming up with the idea and help making it all happen.”

In addition to the junior competitive programme Chesterfield Swimming Club also delivers a highly successful Masters programme to 20 adult swimmers; some of whom are competitive whilst others swim for fitness.

The club also provides a high quality teaching environment in its School of Splash Learn to Swim programme.

All those interested can contact club secretary Liz Dempsey on