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Ancon, Sheffield-based maker of construction products, has donated punchbag support brackets to a gym run by crime-reduction charity Nacro.
The gym was set up following a successful bid to the Big Lottery Fund.
It aims to help people develop their self-esteem, improve their fitness and access other services offered by the charity.
James Cole, sport co-ordinator at Nacro Sheffield, said: “This was an unusual venture for Nacro, but has proved extremely popular and effective.
“Attending a privately-run or even a local authority gym is just not an option for everyone.
“It’s simply unaffordable and often too daunting for many of our clients.“
“Much of the equipment was purchased using the lottery grant, but there were some essential extras we needed.
“One of my colleagues knew about Ancon and approached them for help.
“The company were fantastic.
“They came in to find out what we needed and then designed and manufactured a steel bracket specifically for our punchbags.
“We’re extremely grateful for their donation and for their genuine commitment to helping us out. Such support is invaluable to a charity, and they have expressed interest in continuing to work with us in the future.”
Ancon’s products are normally used in the structure or façade of buildings.
Annabelle Wilson, of Ancon, said: “A request for punchbag brackets is not a normal enquiry for us, but we were more than happy to help.
“We’re delighted our expertise was able to support such an important charity and to help kick-start their new venture here in Sheffield.
“We’re pleased we could play even just a small part in helping Nacro reach out to people in our community.
“I’ve visited the Sheffield centre and seen first hand the fantastic work they do.
“The gym had a really good atmosphere and seems an excellent addition to the services offered there.
“It’s a place where people can stay active, set and meet personal challenges, co-operate with others and engage with the Nacro support team.”
The Nacro Health and Fitness Centre on Earl Street, Sheffield has exercise equipment, free weights and running machines.
It is open to anyone between the ages of 16 and 65 and is free of charge.