STAFF and volunteers at The Quay Zone leisure centre in Girvan have raised over £2700 for three chosen charities.

Rachel Melville, one of the staff members at the centre, organised and took part in events across the last few weeks to help raise funds for Cancer research, Support in Mind Scotland and Macmillan Cancer Support.

The ‘September Spinathon’ event took place in the centre itself where 14 volunteers took part in the mammoth spin challenge where they agreed to cycle for four and a half hours.

When asked about the event and how the group came up with the idea, Rachel explained: “The Royal Public Health Society were promoting a ‘No scroll September’ to encourage people to come off Social Media to help well-being and depression.

"We researched that the average person spends 135mins a day on social media, equalling 67.5 hours in the month of September. We then divided this by 15, the number of spin bikes in the studio, and we got our target - 4.5 hours of spin per person!”

The volunteer spinners managed to raise a resounding £2231.50 being splitbetween Cancer Research and Support in Mind Scotland.

However, the team at Quay Zone didn’t stop there. A week later a coffee morning was organised in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, where a further £505.40 was raised.

A variety of home baking and a cake raffle were on offer to the people who attended the morning and helped raise key funds for a very worthwhile cause.