A Newcastle-under-Lyme based gym is organising a 50+ mile spin bike challenge to help raise awareness and money for Arch’s domestic abuse male victim support service.

Xercise4Less in Newcastle-under-Lyme are set to run the challenge later this month and staff, customers, gym goers and the public are all invited to take part. You can do so by dropping into Xercise4Less on the day and cycling a mile or two, or sponsoring our cyclists on JustGiving.

It is hoped that the event will help raise vital funds for the male victim service, which supports men who have been victims of domestic abuse to take back control of their lives, as well as raise awareness.

Male domestic abuse is a huge issue, with an estimated 1 in 6 men suffering from some form of it in their lifetime. Last year the number of male victims referred to Arch increased by almost 20%.

Ernest, a Domestic Abuse Practitioner for the Arch male service, said: “We often hear that men fear that no one will believe them or that they won’t be taken seriously. Domestic abuse lowers self-esteem, affects social skills, destroys family relationships and creates intense feeling of shame, guilt and isolation.

“The money raised from this challenge will contribute to our family building socials, further our male and parenting skills development programmes and wellbeing support provisions.”

Emma Toft, Sales and Marketing Manager at Xercise4less said: “We are proud to be helping promote awareness of domestic abuse and are committed to supporting the communities we work in.

“We were honoured to be invited to one of Arch’s annual event, which was heart driven and it was obvious that they provide incredible support for victims and survivors of domestic abuse. In light of this, we welcome anyone to join the event to come and participate or donate to support such a wonderful programme.”

The 50+ mile spin bike challenge is happening on Tuesday 30 April 2019 between 12noon and 5pm.

For more information about the event or our male victim service, contact our team on 01782 222416 or email moss@archnorthstaffs.org.uk. You can sponsor our cyclists on JustGiving.