A Liverpool community can now keep fit using high quality gym equipment thanks to a luxury liner.
The Celebrity Infinity has been a frequent visitor to Liverpool Cruise Terminal in the last couple of years, with her most recent visit being a one day call last weekend.
Infinity recently had a gym refurbished and so senior officers on board asked that the gym equipment, which was being replaced, be given to a local venue which can make good use of it.
Exercise bikes, treadmills, and stepping machines have been handed over to the Unity Youth and Community Centre. The Liverpool Seafarers Centre is also receiving exercise bikes.
All of the high specification equipment is less than two year old.
Captain Michael Sympouras, said: “Liverpool is one of our favourite ports as we always get such a great reception when we call here. We wanted the gym equipment to go to a good home and I am very pleased that Cruise Liverpool were able to help us. We are delighted that young people and other members of the community will be able to make good use of it.”
Julie Smith from the Unity Centre said: “We would like to thank the Captain and Celebrity Cruise Line for making this possible and those responsible for nominating our centre. It will certainly be put to good use and we really appreciate their generosity.”
Councillor Steve Munby, cabinet member for neighbourhoods, added: “This has been a wonderful gesture by the ship’s crew and the equipment will be put to very good use. Unity is a top centre and the equipment is in very good hands there.”
John Wilson, chief executive of Liverpool Seafarers centre, said; “Liverpool Seafarers Centre is delighted to be the recipient of two exercise bicycles which have been donated to the Centre by the Master and Crew of Celebrity Infinity which berthed at the Liverpool Cruise Line Terminal last Thursday.
“This will enhance our services to seafarers ensuring that their individual health and wellbeing is met; all part of an initiative being developing at the Centre, from “Safety First” to “Health and Wellbeing.
“Crew today can sometimes be the forgotten workforce, slipping in and out of our ports delivering 95% of all goods and services. Liverpool Seafarers Centre offers a lifeline at no cost to all seafarers, in recognition of the service they provide; we offer the hand of fellowship and welcome as a thank-you, thus enabling us to maintain our lifestyle to which we have become accustomed. Thank you again Celebrity Infinity.”