Nu funds for telescope appeal

Balloons are released after the Force 5 challenge to raise money for George's Telescope Appeal.
Balloons are released after the Force 5 challenge to raise money for George's Telescope Appeal.
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A Lancaster-based web hosting and development company took part in a five-hour Force 5 exercise challenge to raise money for a telescope appeal in memory of an Overton schoolboy.

Together with 14 local men and women, staff from NuBlue raised over £2,000 for George Higginson Telescope Appeal.

George Higginson, known as Overton’s little scientist, died following a road traffic accident in 2009.

His parents Jonathan and Sarah Higginson launched the telescope appeal to fund the construction of an observatory in Lancaster in his memory.

Organised and led by Lancaster-based personal trainer Laura McConville, this year’s Force 5 challenge saw local participants tackling five rounds of intense exercise at the Sports Centre with just five-minute changeovers in between.

They began with ultimate legs, kettlebells and sets n’ reps sessions, followed by a powerhour and ending with a gruelling Insanity hour – a far cry from the mass hula-hoop session of the first Force 5 which took place five years ago.

Nublue Operations and Finance Manager Marcie Towell said: “It was tough, but absolutely worth it and the atmosphere was amazing!

“We’re really glad to have been a part of Force 5 this year and to have helped raise this amazing total.”

After this year’s challenge the participants and their children gathered outside the Sports Centre to honour a Force 5 tradition; releasing balloons into a blue sky in memory of George Higginson.

This year the funds raised following the Force 5 challenge have also provided schoolchildren with safety glasses so that they can watch the solar eclipse on March 20 – and members of Nublue are teaming up with a local designer in order to create a website for the George Higginson Telescope Appeal.