A PERSONAL training centre in Iron Acton has thanked members after they helped contribute to installing a defibrillator at the facility.

SG23 has been based on the Backfield Farm Business Park for just over two years, since moving from the Yate Trading Estate.

The gym runs over a dozen group personal training classes throughout the week for the 250 members.

Now, after months of fundraising, they have installed a defibrillator.

“We want to say a huge thank you to all of our members that helped us,” Jon Cook, director of SG23 said.

“It is all down to them that we were able to do this.

“We think it is really important that every gym has one and now we can say ours does.”

A number of different events helped the gym raise the money, including a quiz night, gym battle and other socials.

“All of the events were voluntary donations but we had a lot of support from members, some contributed £200,” Jon continued.

“They have been so generous and we are so grateful to them.”

The gym has proved popular over the last few years and Jon believes the fundraising is just another example of how the members support each other.

“The people that come here are usually ones that have been to other gyms but didn’t feel comfortable,” Jon explained.

“We try to educate people so that they feel happy here.

“Our members all enjoy it here and say that it is a good atmosphere.

“All of our coaches are trained to a high level and we make sure that we make our sessions enjoyable to people.

“We have so many members that have progressed really well, it is mad.

“We have one member who has lost six stone in 18 months.

“We also have another member who was in a dark place mentally but has moved through that since they started training here.

“We just want to focus on making sure that our members don’t feel like they are just a number.

“We want to make sure that they have a good experience here with us at SG23.”