08th June 2018


As reported by the Coventry Telegraph:

University of Warwick students spent 12 hours in ‘pole’ position to raise funds for a homeless charity in Coventry. More than 20 members of Warwick Pole and Aerial Arts (WPAA) took part in this year’s Poleathon for Coventry Cyrenians, which provides practical help and support to homeless and vulnerably housed people across the city. The group took part in shifts – but four spent the full 12 hours at the Piazza on what turned out to be a very warm Friday, 18th May.

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“The weather was great,” said Georgia Stainforth, WPAA spokesperson.

“It wasn’t so bad later on because we moved the pole inside but the during the day the weather made the pole very sweaty so it was a lot more slippy and harder to grip.

“We were definitely all having to stay more hydrated".

“Now the challenge is complete it feels fantastic. For many people that was their first time doing pole in public, so it’s a massive acheivement in that respect.

“It’s also a completely different way of raising money for charity, even people watching wanted to give it a try.”

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WPAA hold a Poleathon every year for charity and this year chose Cyrenians because the area around the university has a high homeless population.

“The university has been involved in various campaigns for helping the homeless in Leamington, so we decided we wanted to continue that work,” Georgia explained.

 “It’s also a type of charity that we have never fundraised for before, we really like fundraising for local charities as well as national, well-known ones.”

Donations are still very much welcome. Visit justgiving.com/fundraising/wpaa-poleathon-2018 to show your support.