York Personal Trainers Raise £1,150 for Yorkshire Cancer Research

03 April 2017

A pair of personal trainers have raised £1,150 for Yorkshire Cancer Research by completing a gruelling 12 hour circuit training challenge.

Josh Whaite and Becka Jenkinson, who run FMS Training at Roko Health Club, York, alternated between an hour of circuits and an hour of coaching, with 59 clients joining them throughout the day. Any pauses in training resulted in forfeits such as sets of burpees.  

Josh said: “I’d taken part in an event for Yorkshire Cancer Research after losing my grandad to prostate cancer and wanted to continue to support the charity, so Becka came up with the idea for the 12 hour challenge. 

Louise Robinson (left), North Yorkshire Regional Fundraiser at Yorkshire Cancer Research, with Josh Whaite and Becka Jenkinson at Roko Health Club, York

“We’d like to say a huge thank you to all the people who took part and donated throughout the day. We were truly amazed at the support we received. It really helped us get through the challenge. We’re now looking forward to taking part in more challenges in the future.”

Becka Jenkinson

Louise Robinson, North Yorkshire Regional Fundraiser at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said: “This was a fantastic idea from Becka and Josh. The large amount they raised on the day is testament to the physical challenge they put themselves through. We are very grateful to the both of them, as well as those who got behind them by taking part in their own circuits and donating raffle prizes and money.

Josh Whaite

“The money raised will help more people in Yorkshire survive cancer by raising awareness of cancer and how to prevent it, promoting the national cancer screening programmes and funding innovative research projects, from diagnosis to end-of-life care.”

For more information about fundraising for Yorkshire Cancer Research, please visit www.ycr.org.uk/teamyorkshire



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Nikki Brady, Senior PR Officer, Yorkshire Cancer Research. Tel: 01423 877228. Email: nikki@ycr.org.uk

Notes to Editors

  • Harrogate-based Yorkshire Cancer Research was founded in 1925 and is the largest independent regional cancer charity in England (Registered Charity 516898). We are not part of a national charity.
  • We are committed to reducing the devastating impact of cancer on the lives of people living in Yorkshire.
  • Our mission is to work in partnership, fund research and support initiatives that will help people in Yorkshire avoid, survive and cope with cancer.
  • Current statistics show that 575 people are diagnosed with cancer in Yorkshire every week. Incidence and mortality rates are higher than the England average due to social deprivation, post-industrialisation and lifestyle choices but also availability of healthcare services and difficulties accessing early diagnostics, clinical trials and the latest treatments.
  • We aim to:
    • Be the leading authority on cancer in Yorkshire, understanding the problems and priorities in the region and sharing knowledge with partners.
    • Raise awareness of cancer and how to prevent it by working in local communities, schools and colleges, sports clubs and with other health-related organisations.
    • Promote screening programmes and fund research that can improve the diagnosis of cancer so we can detect and treat it at the earliest opportunity.
    • Invest in innovative research projects at every stage of a cancer patient's journey.
    • Campaign for fair and equal access to the very best healthcare services and a greater share of the money spent nationally on research.
  • For further information, please visit www.yorkshirecancerresearch.org.uk or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

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