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Spin for Smart Works

It’s not unusual to find staff in the Group Cycle room at St Helen’s – there’s a committed group who meet once a week to spin, sing and sweat. So when we discovered a week-long spin challenge, in aid of a charity whose mission is to help women to feel more confident and transform their life by supporting them back into employment, and that there was a Helkat (Jenna Chick, 2015 leaver) working at the charity – we just had to step up to the challenge.

Twenty members of St Helen's staff signed up to participate in Spin for Smart Works, a week-long cycling challenge where teams of five join forces to collectively cycle 500 miles (the equivalent distance between the seven Smart Works centres), either on a road bike, gym bike or in a spin class.

So, between 1 March–8 March (International Women’s Day), the group cycle room became our second home for the week and we pedalled for a purpose.

Well done to the teams for completing the challenge:

  • Tracy Scaysbrook, Lin Thomas, Liz Bedford, Helen Nash
  • Kim Lythgoe, Rebecca Dougall, Juliette Kopec, Carole Bailey, Josh Wall
  • James Smart, Joe Collins, Ruth Watson, Sara Howes, Emilie Prior
  • Maite Diaz-Smith, Eleanor Thompson, Zoe Chater, Debbie Cobbing, Viola Kerr

And a huge thank you to everyone who donated, contributing to a total of £1,615, making us the top fundraisers for the Smart Works Centre, Reading. The challenge overall raised over £50,000, enabling Smart Works to see 736 more women, and help them get the job that will transform their lives.

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