Making strides for charity on National Fitness Day, 26th September

To celebrate this year’s National Fitness Day, the people of South Gloucestershire are being invited to take part in a BIG Active Walk, which aims to promote healthy lifestyles and raise money for charity.

The event, which is being hosted by the region’s Active Lifestyle Centres on 26th September, will see staff members Dave Smele and Jim Rollo lead participants on a route between each of the region’s five Centres – which are located in Bradley Stoke, Kingswood, Longwell Green, Thornbury and Yate.

Any funds raised by the 22-mile charity walk will be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support, which supported over 1.6m people living with cancer in 2017.

Jim, Healthy Lifestyle Manager at the Active Centres and Assistant Manager at Bath City Football Club, said: “We’re always looking for ways to inspire healthy lifestyles and encourage members of the public to become more active, so it made sense for us to get the community together, promote activity and also raise money for a good cause this National Fitness Day.  I’m looking forward to taking part in this challenge and welcoming anyone who wants to walk alongside us!”

In addition to the BIG Active Walk, there will be a range of activities taking place across the Centres on National Fitness Day, including free MOT health checks, fitness testing and a selection of classes.

Members are being encouraged to bring a friend to their local centre to use the gym for free and benefit from a range of joining offers upon their visit.

Mark Crutchley, Chief Executive of Circadian Trust, which manages and operates the Active Lifestyle Centre sites in partnership with South Gloucestershire Council said: “Launching the BIG Active Walk on National Fitness Day has provided us with a great opportunity to promote health and wellbeing – for both members and non-members.  There are a number of free activities taking place across the Centres this year, so I hope that people get stuck in and find something they really enjoy. We look forward to welcoming new visitors and cheering on Dave, Jim and any BIG Active Walk participants as they raise money and make strides for charity.”

For more information about National Fitness Day and the Active Lifestyle Centres, please visit: or alternatively call 0300 333 0300.

To donate towards the BIG Active Walk fundraiser, please visit:

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