New Discovery Park Gym member, Melissa St George, will be taking a huge leap for charity on Saturday 9 May as she abseils down the side of Portsmouth’s Spinnaker Tower to raise money and awareness for SSAFA: The Armed Forces Charity.

Standing 557ft tall, Spinnaker Tower dominates the skyline of the Naval city. The tower is a popular destination for thrill-seekers looking for an adrenaline rush as they descend 100 metres down the side of the landmark. To prepare for the biggest challenge of her life, Melissa has set off on a 6-month mission to improve her physical fitness using the revolutionary BioCircuitTM at Discovery Park Gym.   

Melissa St George said: “I wanted to make a difference and support the UK’s oldest tri-military charity, the work they do is truly inspiring, and I also wanted to challenge myself in the process. I knew the Spinnaker Tower abseil would push me to my limits, so I needed support to improve my strength and fitness and that’s why I joined Your Leisure’s Discovery Park Gym to use the new BioCircuitTM.”

BioCircuitTM prescribes a personalised 30-minute full-body workout programme designed for the individual, increasing in intensity as their fitness levels improve. Melissa continued, “I was not a gym user and would consider myself very unfit. What attracted me to BioCircuitTM was the personalised 30-minute workout programme that I could easily fit into my working day and, thankfully, start off gently to ease me into my training regime.”

Melissa’s abseil takes place during the ‘Spinnaker SuperCars in Aid of SSAFA’ event on Saturday 9 May. SSAFA exists to relieve need, suffering and distress amongst the Armed Forces, veterans and their families in order to support their independence and dignity. SSAFA offers a wide range of support, from helping elderly veterans with mobility scooters, to providing things like accessible bathrooms & kitchens if needed, mental wellbeing, even helping those in the armed forces to adopt children or arranging family holidays.

If you would like to sponsor Melissa and help support SSAFA, you can visit the Just Giving page using the link https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/spinnakersupercars and reference Melissa St George when prompted.

You’ll be able to follow Melissa’s story via the Discovery Park Gym Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/DiscoveryParkGym