Norwich MP works up a sweat for cancer charities

A city MP was one of more than 100 people put through their paces by a fitness instructor as part of an all-day event to raise money for cancer charities.

Chloe Smith, Norwich North MP, joined scores of other people at the all day charity event at Hellesdon High School on Saturday.

Ms Smith said: 'I enjoy keeping fit and it is important to support good causes like this.'

The event, organised by ATP Health and Fitness, helped raise hundreds of pounds for Breast Cancer Care, Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust and Ovarian Cancer Action.

The day of group circuit classes was the brainchild of Matt Philpot who has been running ATP Health and Fitness since July last year.

He said: 'We did seven circuit training classes in one day with each class being 45 minutes. The people who came along to do a class each donated �5.

'Chloe came to one of the classes and it was great to have her there – I'm really grateful for that.'

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Mr Philpot, who spent eight years in the army, put the event together to help one of the women in his classes who is trying to raise money to go to Kenya in October and complete a bike ride for Action for Charity Women V Cancer challenge which raises funds to fight breast, cervical and ovarian cancers.

Mr Philpot, 26, said: 'She's a member of one of my classes and is trying to raise �3,000 as she's going to Kenya to do a bike ride for Action for Charity.

'I had hoped to raise �1,000 from the event but think I will get about �700.'

Mr Philpot, who lives in the centre of Norwich, said he has personal experience of the devastation caused by cancer after losing his father Stephen to non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 1996 aged just 36.

He said: 'It's different to the ones we're supporting but its a nice thing to do to try to raise money.'

He added the event also gave him the chance to showcase some of the fitness services he offers which include personal training opportunities in people's homes. The Action for Charity's Women V Cancer challenge will see hundreds of women take positive action and join the first 400km ride in Kenya, from the slopes of Mount Kenya to the shores of Lake Victoria, which takes place on five dates later this year and early next year.

For more details log onto Women-V-Cancer-Cycle-Kenya

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