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Councillors’ sponsored run for veterans – without leaving the gym

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Friday, 12 January, 2018

Two Burnley councillors will be pounding the treadmill to help raise money to help Army veterans during the official opening of the refurbished Padiham Leisure Centre gym.

The new-look gym will be officially unveiled during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday (16th Jan).The gym has been refurbished with financial support from Burnley Council which has been spent on new state of the art equipment.

The event will also see Councillors Lubna Khan and Lian Pate run 5 kilometres (three miles) on the gym’s treadmills to help fund a trip by Army veterans to take part in a commemoration event on the First World War battlefields.

The fundraisers will be joined on the treadmill by Burnley Leisure’s operations manager Scott Bryce.

The treadmill trio is supporting the Burnley and Padiham branch of the Royal British Legion, so its members can take part in the “Great Pilgrimage 90”.

A decade after the end of World War One, veterans and war widows visited the battlefields of the Somme and Ypres before marching to the Menin Gate in Ypres on 8th August 1928.

In August 2018, two representatives from every branch of the Royal British Legion are invited to carry their standards along the same route, representing an entire generation that served while defending their country. The cost of participating in “GP90” is £1,000 per branch to cover all transport, food, accommodation and travel insurance costs.

CouncillorKhan and colleagues have already raised over £250 towards this target, and so this inaugural activity at the Padiham Leisure Centre gym is the start of a big push to raise the remaining £750.

Anyone who would like to support this cause can donate directly at

Councillor Khan said: “We’re delighted to be able to help support the Royal British Legion’s fundraising campaign to take part in this historic commemoration event.

“Running five kilometers is a very small way of marking the immense contribution that members of our Armed Forces have made for our country.”

Councillor Pate, executive member for community services, said: “I’m looking forward to testing out the new gym equipment and raising money for a very worthy cause at the same time.

“Burnley Council and Burnley Leisure have invested in creating a great community asset for Padiham and the wider area and I’m sure everyone who uses the gym will enjoy using the new facilities.”

New equipment has been installed at the leisure centre and now members have access to the latest training technology available.

Mr Bryce said: “The new equipment at Padiham Leisure Centre is outstanding and integrated with the very latest technology and workout programmes to ensure our members have that ultimate experience.

“We are over the moon that we have also been able to install a new cycle studio to the facility at Padiham with pioneering design of the latest indoor cycling bikes; coincided with a fantastic immersive MyRide experience.

“No matter what your fitness ability, our equipment can enable all members to train to their full potential.”

The leisure team welcomes all new customers and is currently offering big savings on joining our membership, including the first 100 members who sign up will receive vouchers for Burnley Leisure facilities and fitness goodies.

For more information on joining our membership and class programmes, please call 01282 477222/664444 or visit

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