Vale MP Alun Cairns has nominated Cardio Core Fitness in Barry for the All Party Parliamentary Corporate Responsibility Group’s Responsible Business Champion Award.
Cardio Core Fitness is owned and run by Sarah Cayton and based in the Palmers Vale Business Centre in Barry. Mrs Cayton says that the business takes corporate social responsibility seriously, ensuring that its services are open to people of all backgrounds, as well as the physically and mentally disabled.
Mr Cairns visited the premises this week and was shown the female-only part of the gym, which was created to allow women who may not necessarily want to partake in mixed-sex workouts, whether it be for religious reasons or simply not feeling comfortable, enjoy physical activity unhindered.
In addition, Mr Cairns learned that all instructors at the gym are fully trained to help people living with disability to take part, whether it be during a one-on-one session or a group class. The staff at Cardio Core Fitness work alongside local carers who bring their family members and clients to the gymnasium to use the facilities, in particular during the designated ‘quiet hours’ where clients living with mental conditions such as autism, may workout with a trainer, without the stress of sharing the space with dozens of other gym-goers.
The team at the gym also told Mr Cairns of their efforts to make a positive difference in the community more widely, with multiple fundraising activities taking place throughout the year. Local charities such as Tŷ Hafan, Tenovus and Breast Cancer Now have received hundreds of pounds from Cardio Core Fitness’ activities, including the team’s heroic hike of Kilimanjaro.
Mr Cairns said, “This local enterprise is a credit to the community and should be recognised for the socially responsible way in which they undertake their regular business activities, and for their fundraising for local charities.
“I look forward to seeing them in Westminster to receive their award.”