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RB5 Fitness Centre Supports Saving Lives Helipad Appeal

Ricky BerryRb5 Fitness, Nottingham’s personal and group training specialists, are supporting Nottingham Hospitals Charity’s Saving Lives Helipad Appeal by holding a static Rowing Challenge at Queen’s Medical Centre in November 2014. Three rowing machines will be manned continuously for 60 hours between 8am on Friday 21 November and 8pm on Sunday 23 November, with each rower donating at least £10 to the Appeal to take part.

About the 60 Hour Rowing Challenge

The 60 hour Rowing Challenge was inspired by the Golden Hour – the 60 minutes after an accident when it’s vital for the patient to get fast access to expert medical help,’ says Jenny Wing, Head of Fundraising and Communications at Nottingham Hospitals Charity. ‘Our Saving Lives Helipad Appeal is raising £3 million for an onsite helipad at QMC, which will speed up transfer times for critically-injured patients being taken to the East Midlands Major Trauma Centre by air ambulance. Rb5 Fitness were keen to support the Appeal and, together with our fundraising team, came up with the idea for the Rowing Challenge.

The Rowing Challenge will take place near the Main Entrance on B Floor at QMC. With three machines kindly being provided by leading manufacturer Concept2, a total of 180 hours of indoor rowing will be available. Some of the rowing slots will be used by the uniformed services and others by students from Ashfield Comprehensive. The remaining slots will be thrown open to the public.

As well as paying a fee to take part, rowers will be encouraged to ask friends, family and colleagues to sponsor them and raise as much money as possible for the Saving Lives Helipad Appeal.  ‘Our fundraising target for the Rowing Challenge is £2,000,’ says Ricky Berry, Managing Director at Rb5. ‘We’re hoping the event will attract lots of attention from both the media and the general public, which will help us to achieve this goal.’

FREE workouts and rowing workshops

The 60 Hour Rowing Challenge is open to both experienced and novice rowers – and there’ll be plenty of free support on offer from both Rb5 and Concept2 for people looking to prepare themselves for the event.

We want to encourage as many people as possible to take part, whatever their rowing experience or current fitness level,’ explains Ricky. ‘So Concept2 are running workshops on rowing technique, whilst Rb5 are offering workouts to help boost fitness levels. These are completely free of charge so there’s no excuse not to come along!

The first rowing workshop and workout has already take place, with the second and third sessions scheduled for 6pm on Friday 31 October and Friday 14 November at RB5’s premises  on St Ann’s Hill Road, Nottingham.

Like to get involved?

Rb5 are looking for teams and individuals to sign up for the 60 hour Rowing Challenge and help fill up the remaining slots on the three indoor rowers. Whilst the minimum time you can book is 30 minutes, you can buy as many slots as you like, subject to availability. So if you fancy doing something a bit different for charity, why not speak to your friends, colleagues or sports teammates and get a few of you together for a team Challenge?

If you’d like to take part, you’re warmly invited to attend the free workouts and rowing workshops, where you can find out more about the Rowing Challenge and pick up tips on rowing technique and general fitness. Alternatively, you can sign up for a slot by contacting Ricky on the details below.

Find out more

For more information about the Rowing Challenge, please contact Ricky Berry on 07969 696 912 or email

If you’d like to know more about Nottingham Hospitals Charity and the Saving Lives Helipad Appeal, or make a donation, please call 0115 962 7905 or email

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