1Rebel Co-Founder Offers To Turn London Gyms Into NHS Space For 400 Beds

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1Rebel Co-Founder James Balfour has offered to hand over the keys to all 1Rebel’s London clubs for use by the NHS as COVID-19 spreads across the capital


There’s never been a better time to focus on acts of kindness. Leading London fitness entrepreneur James Balfour has offered the NHS space for 400 beds, as clubs are temporarily forced close across the UK.

It’s no question that the outbreak of COVID-19 has undoubtedly been crippling for the economy, especially the health and fitness Industry. London gyms have been forced to close their doors, and some gyms have even declared bankruptcy.

The speed with which the events have unfolded has been alarming at best and devastating at worst.

As brands seek to innovate and provide alternative services to fight against the pandemic, one London entrepreneur has offered his studios to the NHS.

1Rebel Co-Founder James Balfour has offered to hand over the keys to all 1Rebel’s London clubs for use by the NHS as COVID-19 spreads across the capital.

This amazing act of kindness is one of the many good news stories emerging from the overwhelming coverage on the pandemic. It demonstrates how we have an opportunity to show the best of who we are during darker times.

James says: “We estimate that, across our seven studios in central London, we could make space for 300–400 beds. There are also extended changing facilities, showers, and areas for IT facilities.

There is great lighting and even the fact that we have sound systems – offering the opportunity to play music – could lift people’s spirits” 

1Rebel has also launched a new website which provides a detailed factsheet to all seven studios, providing all the information the NHS needs to decide if and how it might best use the space.

For full details, visit 1rebel.com/uk

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