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Businesses urged to get on big bouncy balls for charity

Wiltshire business leaders are needed to help smash a world record – for the biggest ever Swiss ball exercise class – in a bid to raise £15,000 for the teenage cancer ward at Bath’s Royal United Hospital.

The record bid is being organised by Swindon IT and communications company Excalibur, which has pledged to raise a total of £50,000 for the charity through various fundraising activities, and will be staged at David Lloyd Gym in Swindon on Saturday, October 11.

Anyone from the age of 14 upwards can join in the fun in a low impact 40 minute class.

Participants will be required to pay a £25 registration fee and will be issued you with their own record breaking ball to use during the class and keep as a memento of the attempt.

Kiz Davis, the lead instructor for the event, said: “The current record stands at 348 and we are aiming to set the new record at 600 people.

“The class will be low impact and suitable for all levels of fitness and if all participants look to raise additional sponsorship there’s no reason why we can’t raise in excess of £15,000 from the event.

“We can’t wait to welcome our future world record holders through the doors at David Lloyd this October”.

Excalibur’s CEO James Phipps said: “The RUH Teenage cancer ward is a much needed facility, helping young people battle through such a terrible disease.

“Currently teenagers are treated in the children’s ward before moving to adult care at the age of 18. Our teenage years are so important and it’s essential we provide these patients with the ability to stay in contact with their friends and keep up with their studies.

“The money we raise will help Bath RUH create a start of the art facility providing a more holistic and complete approach to care that covers much of the South West.”

Each year at Bath RUH over 2,000 new cancer cases are treated from the hospitals extensive catchment area.

The centre will cover Bath, Swindon, Wiltshire, Bristol and surrounding areas and offer the very best and technologically advanced care for cancer patients.

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