A stroke of generosity by Milton Keynes gym

Millie East gym epilepsy fundraiser

Millie East gym epilepsy fundraiser

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Gym staff and members are taking on a 24-hour rowing challenge on Monday, to raise money for The Epilepsy Society.

The Gym in Elder Gate is hosting the event on September 22. The idea came from member Millie East, a 41-year-old from Milton Keynes who, after being diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of 25, knew that she wanted to do something to support the work of The Epilepsy Society.

She said: “I have been very lucky in the fact that my epilepsy is controllable but I know that for many people that suffer daily this isn’t the case.

“The Epilepsy Society does amazing work to provide support, education and information to all and I thought it was time to challenge myself in a way that I could do some good for a cause that is so important to me.

“I’ve set myself the challenge of rowing 100km and raising £1,000 for the charity. I’m really making the most of the gym’s 24-hour opening and the rules are that someone has to be rowing every second of those 24 hours. I’ve no doubt I’ll be putting a lot of those kilometres in between the 10pm – 6am time slots but I’ve bought some foam padding to help.”

Helping Millie through her training and providing full support for the event is her personal trainer at The Gym, Kyle Davies. He said: “I am extremely proud of Millie for setting up this charity event. She is very determined and eager to help the cause and I am certain we can help raise awareness and as much money as possible for the charity.

“I’ll be chipping in as much distance on the rower as I can, whilst also being the key motivator for the day.”

To make a donation visit www.justgiving.com/Marie-Louise-East/