A Torquay couple have used lockdown to get fit and raise money.

Torquay United Community Sports TrustTorquay United Community Sports Trust

Businessman Ed Akay and his wife Helen have been undertaking the fitness challenge throughout June in aid of the Torquay United Community Sports Trust, the charitable wing of Torquay United.

Ed, whose company Gold Lake Developments run a monthly networking event called the Torbay Property Meet which now takes place online due to Covid-19, has embarked on a gruelling fitness regime.

This has included one 14-mile hike, one 10-mile hike, three six-mile runs, six three-minute punchbag rounds five times a week, four one-hour weights sessions and a daily three-minute plank

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Ed and Helen Akay are raisng money for Torquay United Community Sports TrustEd and Helen Akay are raisng money for Torquay United Community Sports Trust

Ed explained: “It is a pleasure to beat the lockdown blues and raise money for such a great cause.

“I am tired nearly all the time but it is more than worth it. TUCST do a fantastic job in promoting grassroots football in the Torbay area.”

Jamie McInnes, community manager of TUCST, said: “Ed came on board with Torquay United Community Sports Trust at the beginning of 2020, sponsoring our registered charity with regular donations from the Gold Lake Developments monthly property meets.

“On top of this initial generosity, Ed is now completing a fitness challenge throughout June to raise further funds to support TUCST.

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“We reach out to all sectors of our community in our engagement and his fundraising efforts will be utilised in supporting this work in the future, as things slowly move back towards normality. Please support Ed with any donations you are able to make, as he really deserves it.”

Mel Richards, director Gold Lake Developments, said: “I fully appreciate the great work TUCST do for the local community. It is a pleasure to help support them in any way we can.”