STAFF and friends of a popular and talented sportsman raised almost £1,000 at a charity event in his memory.
Falaise Fitness Centre in Cambridge Road hosted Wild Day on Saturday, June 4, in honour of Tyrone Wildman, who died last December, and worked as an instructor at the centre for 16 years.
The event collected money for Lifeblood, a charity which raises awareness of blood clots and their effects.
Mr Wildman, of Hopgarden Close, died suddenly of a pulmonary embolism, a blood clot on the lung, on December 18, aged 59.
His wife of 33 years, Kathleen, said: “There were lots of people Tyrone would have loved to be there. It was definitely a fitting tribute to him.”
At noon staff held a ceremony to dedicate a new piece of equipment in memory of Mr Wildman.
A plaque was unveiled and a ribbon cut by two of his personal training customers.
Mrs Wildman said: “The unveiling of the plaque was very emotional but I think Tyrone would have been proud of everyone who was there. They did a fantastic job.”
Mr Wildman played for Sidley Cricket Club since 1974, was British bodybuilding champion in 1982 and before that, was a powerlifting champion.
At Saturday’s event children enjoyed a wide range of fun activities which included an inflatable obstacle course, face painting, balloon animals, and teacup rides.
Visitors saw a number of demonstrations such as bootcamp, zumba, karate, kickboxing, and street dance.
Nicole White, operations manager at Falaise, said: “I would like to thank all of the organisations who supported our event, as well as Lisa Adegbite, who came up with the idea.
“Wild Day was a roaring success, as we all had a great day celebrating the life of Tyrone. We raised nearly £1,000 for Lifeblood.
“Visitors had a fantastic time and were entertained by local bands Vendetta and Cushty, had their faces painted and took part in our fantastic raffle. A massive thanks to all staff and customers who helped organise the day.”