A POOLE gym will be going yellow for charity, by hosting an all-day Rowathon.

Fitness First in Fleetsbridge will be putting on the event for 15 hours from 6am to 9pm on Friday, June 15 to mark Forest Holme Hospice's annual Wear Yellow Day.

The fundraiser has been organised by the gym's communications and PR co-ordinator Charlie Ling, whose dad John passed away at the hospice in June 2013.

Fitness First aims to have rowing going on continuously throughout the day, with at least one person rowing at all times. The event is also open to non-members who wish to participate and make a donation and, as long as they wear yellow, they can stay on in the gym free of charge.

Charlie said: “Forest Holme is a charity really close to my heart having cared for my father after his long battle with cancer. I will be forever grateful for the care my father received and the support Forest Holme provided my family during his final days.

" We hope to get as many people involved in this challenge as possible; everyone is welcome, it doesn’t matter if you’re a rowing pro or a complete novice, it’s all for a great cause.”

The colour yellow has long been associated with the hospice movement and Wear Yellow Day takes place every year in June, which is also Hospice Awareness Month. The charity encourage local businesses, schools, community groups and individuals across the community to don yellow outfits and organise yellow events to show their support and raise money for their local hospice.

Forest Holme, which will be celebrating its 25th anniversary next year, helps to enhance the lives of adults from across Poole, Wimborne and the Isle of Purbeck who are facing a life limiting or terminal illness, providing end-of-life care and support to more than 1,000 people each year.