Staff, Royal Free Charity volunteers and Rec Club members have been taking part in a summer of fitness challenges.

More than 35 people recently completed a gruelling 78-mile cycle from the steps of the Rec Club to the pier on Brighton Beach.

Staff from various specialties and departments took part, including nursing, therapies, cardiology, physiotherapy and plastic surgery.

Kelly Rush, Rec Club manager, said: “It was a hugely successful, fun and challenging ride and the group raised more than £8,000 for a variety of departments across the trust. A massive congratulations to all who took part. It was a great day for all involved and we’re looking forward to doing more events like this in the future.” 

As if that wasn’t enough the Rec Club also held its second ‘Insanity’ event run by Shaun T, the American fitness trainer and television personality.

Sharon Howarth, volunteer coordinator, said: “I attended the first ‘Insanity’ session with Shaun T and really enjoyed it – I love my high intensity training. This session had amazing energy once again and I can’t wait for the next event!”

The Rec Club is becoming a regular London base for Shaun T and his ‘Insanity’ sessions when he is in the UK, with future dates already being discussed.

Find out more about the Rec Club and how to become a member here.


Notes to editors

About the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

The Royal Free began as a pioneering organisation and continues to play a leading role in the care of patients. Our mission is to provide world class expertise and local care. In the 21st century, the Royal Free London continues to lead improvements in healthcare.

The Royal Free London attracts patients from across the country and beyond to its specialist services in liver and kidney transplantation, haemophilia, renal care, HIV, infectious diseases, plastic surgery, immunology, Parkinson's disease, vascular surgery, cardiology, amyloidosis and scleroderma and we are a member of the academic health science partnership UCLPartners.

In July 2014 Barnet Hospital and Chase Farm Hospital became part of the Royal Free London. Read 'A bigger trust, a better future'.