Release date: January 18, 2013. With picture.
Charity thanks water company for gym support
WATER boss Roger Harrington tried the equipment for himself when he visited a gym which was part-funded by his company.
Sembcorp Bournemouth Water (SBW) donated £250 for the gym which was officially launched last year for the users of a Bournemouth-based charity.
Hope Housing, Training and Support Ltd (Hope) raised funds and received donated equipment for the gym at its headquarters in St Swithuns Road South.
It is being used for the benefit of 47 vulnerable residents who are helped by the charity to improve their health and self-esteem.
Mr Harrington, SBW's Managing Director, described the project as a "very worthwhile" scheme.
He added: “Hope play an extremely important role in helping people to get onto the road to recovery from a range of problems in their life.
"Physical fitness is a key part of well-being and we are very happy to help in a small way in assisting the people helped by Hope to have a better life."
Hope offers supported housing for single homeless individuals aged between 18 to 65 years who may have previously been affected by addiction, unemployment or a family breakdown. It aims to provide them with the skills to allow them to live independently.
Julie Berti, Charity Manager, said: "A gym is a fantastic way to get people together and involved. It's also something all our residents can use.
"We're very grateful to Sembcorp Bournemouth Water and the many other companies and organisations who've helped us get the gym into action."
Picture caption: Pedal power: Roger Harrington, SBW's Managing Director, tries out one of the exercise bikes with Julie Berti, Charity Manager.