Fitness event to support children’s charity

BH Live has teamed up with Southampton Children’s Hospital Charity (Paediatric Rhuematology service) to run an event that will raise awareness about Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) and support a programme for people across Hampshire and Dorset.

A ‘Les Mills’ fitness event is taking place at Mountbatten Leisure Centre in Portsmouth on Saturday 9 March 2019. ‘Les Mills’ group exercise classes including BodyCombat, BodyPump, BodyBalance and GRIT Cardio will be running from 10.30am-4.30pm with guest instructors from across the region. People who are aged 16+ can take part and the ticket price is £20 per person. Proceeds will be donated to the charity.

“We are thrilled to be working with BH Live and the team at Mountbatten Leisure Centre to raise JIA awareness and vital funds to support our work, says Sarah Hartfree, who is a Paediatric Rheumatology Nurse.

“Our goal is to show children, who have been diagnosed with JIA, that they are not alone and support is available. Charity events and money raised enables us to improve the experience of diagnosis and treatment. We can buy small gifts and treats for the children after procedures which helps to make hospital visits less frightening. We can also run training and education days, psychology sessions and buy specialist equipment to speed up diagnosis to begin treatment plans sooner.”

Mike Lyons, BH Live’s Director for Sport and Leisure added, “The Paediatric Rheumatology service does fantastic work in our community. This event, and the money raised, will help more young people and their families, to get the support and treatment they need.”

To find out more about the event and book tickets ask at Mountbatten Leisure Centre or telephone 02393 200401.


Notes to Editors:

About Southampton Children’s Hospital Charity
Southampton Children’s Hospital Charity helps to enhance the support, care and treatment of patients at Southampton Children’s Hospital. We provide support to areas of the hospital that lie beyond the scope of NHS funding.

Your support can make a real difference
Southampton Children’s Hospital Charity is a fund of Southampton Hospital Charity. For more information visit or call 023 8120 8881. Charity registration number: 1051543.

The Southampton Children’s Hospital Charity (Paediatric Rhuematology service) is based at Southampton Children’s Hospital. It helps families across eleven regions including Portsmouth, Winchester, Chichester, Poole, Worthing, Guildford, Ashford, Dorchester and Salisbury.

It provides information, social events and the opportunity to speak with rheumatology specialists in a non-clinical setting to support young patients and their families.

Meet some of the patients who have been treated by the children’s rheumatology service at UHS:

About BH Live

BH Live is the south coast’s leading operator of leisure and event venues; a social enterprise that designs and builds engaging experiences to inspire people and enrich lives.

With more than five million visits a year and £42 million turnover we are changing lives and are at the heart of the UK’s growing social economy.

In 2017/18 we had 4.5 million leisure centre attendances, hosted more than 500 events and sold over half a million cultural, sporting and entertainment event tickets. We also welcomed 59,000 conference and exhibition delegates.

This generated an estimated £53 million in local economic benefit.

For more information about BH Live please contact:

Elizabeth Symmons, PR & Corporate Communications Executive
T: (01202) 055562
Get social on LinkedIn, Twitter @BHLIVE_UK and Facebook @SocialEnterpriseBHLive

BH Live operates the following venues in partnership with Portsmouth City Council:

  • Mountbatten Leisure Centre – Portsmouth’s flagship leisure and event venue with a national-class 50m swimming pool, 150 station gym, eight-court sports hall, squash, spin and dance studios, a cycle velodrome, athletics track, function suites with bars, a café and soft play facility. It is also home to a Clip ‘N Climb leisure attraction which opened in 2018.

For more visit

Get social with us: Twitter and Facebook @mountbattenlc

  • Pyramids Centre – one of Portsmouth’s leading entertainment and leisure venues overlooking Southsea beach and the Solent. It has fun pools, flumes, a wave machine and a three-level soft play adventure world. There is also a multipurpose gym, 70+ weekly group exercise classes and a spa.

It also hosts regular live music events, conferences, exhibitions.

For more visit and

Get social with us: Twitter @PyramidsCentre @PyramidsLive @bhlivetickets

Facebook @Pyramids.Centre @PyramidsLive @bhlivetickets

  • Portsmouth Gymnastics Centre – state-of-the-art gymnastics hall, physiotherapy room and meeting room.

For more visit

Get social with us: Facebook @PortsmouthGymnasticsCentre

  • Portsmouth Tennis Centre – A 10 court tennis facility in the north of Portsmouth consisting of four indoor courts and six floodlit outdoor courts. A comprehensive tennis coaching programme caters for all ages and abilities and is the area’s hub of accessible tennis. The programme runs sessions for tots, juniors, adults and also includes variations of the sport such as cardio tennis and touch tennis.

For more visit

Get social with us: Twitter @PortsTennis and Facebook @PortsmouthTC

  • Eastney Swimming Pool – 20m swimming pool and a spectators’ area.

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Get social with us: Facebook @EastneyPool

  • Wimbledon Park Sports Centre – 20 station gym, five badminton courts, basketball court and sports hall.

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Get social with us: Facebook @WimbledonParkSportsCentre

  • Charter Community Sports Centre – 20m swimming pool, 20 station gym, sports hall and an outdoor multi-use games area.

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Get social with us: Facebook @CharterCommunitySC