As one of a number of events taking place over the coming months to help support the ‘Just William Appeal’, a 6-hour spinathon, #Spinforwill, will be taking place at Warminster School on Saturday 3rd February from 10.00am in Thomas Arnold Hall.

Year 9 pupil, Imogen Brumby, was inspired to help and do more for William. She has shaped her Further Project Qualification (FPQ) around helping the Edkins raise much-needed funds. The Foundation Project Qualification (FPQ) is very special and unlike other examined courses. It is the equivalent of a Level 1 GCSE. Pupils have an opportunity to research a topic of personal interest or an extension of an area already studied. Pupils can complete a 1000 word report or they can create an artefact such as a magazine, a scientific investigation, an event or a product. The FPQ encourages pupils to use their learning experiences to support their personal aspirations for further study and career development.

Imogen explained why she felt moved to help, “I wanted to help Jon and his family raise some of the much needed funds to make William’s life more comfortable. I felt I could organise something that I enjoy doing and get everyone in the school community involved! You do not have to do the whole six hours, just a session and have some fun whilst raising money for William. Spinning is great fun, energetic and great exercise. I would like to thank the Headmaster and the Sports Department for allowing the event to take place at Warminster School, and also to Miss Lewis and my tutor, Mr Denny for supporting this venture.”

Jon and his wife are on the second leg of raising £40,000 to help adapt their home to support William, their son, who suffers from Cerebral Palsy and Epilepsy. Having heard about the fund-raising campaign, many staff and pupils at Warminster School were keen to help, a mark of the affection and respect they all have for Jon.

Imogen has secured Fit 2 Perform, a local gym who hold spinning classes to help run the Spinathon and provide instructors. They are no strangers to raising money for charity and recently organised a 12-hour spinathon for the British Heart Foundation. Richard Young, owner of Fit 2 Perform said, “I was so impressed with Immie’s drive and determination when she approached us for help with the ‘spin for Will’ idea that we couldn’t refuse.  Immie has been an avid Fit 2 Perform spinner for a while now and knows first-hand what a fun and effective workout it is. It is a pleasure to be involved in raising money for such a good cause and we are looking forward to it being a great success for both Immie and Will.”

Leanne Lewis, PE and Girls Games Teacher at Warminster and Imogen’s Sports Mentor also stated, “Immie is a very reliable and organised young lady, she has worked hard in planning the spinathon to raise money for William and should be very proud of herself. She is very caring and kind, always doing things for others. I am confident it will all go well as she is extremely organised and hardworking.”

If you are keen to get involved with the Spinathon, volunteer on the day or supply treats to keep the spinners going, please contact Imogen Brumby.