GOSH! Spinners are all set to remember a Whitehaven sportsman and raise cash for sick children.

Much-loved rugby player, cyclist and fitness fanatic Milton Huddart died suddenly in 2015 but his family and friends are determined that he would not be forgotten.

His widow Joanne organised a spinathon later that year to raise money for charities that Milton supported on a regular basis.

And it was so successful, raising nearly £5,000 for charity, that it has become an annual event, which has raised thousands of pounds over the years.

This year the Spinathon is on November 9 at Whitehaven Sports Centre from 6am to 4pm and will raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, a cause Milton supported monthly.

Joanne said: “As a well known sportsman, Milt’s sudden death came as a huge shock to many people, and so it felt right and fitting to honour his memory by holding an event to celebrate his life and remember him.

“This event has now become an annual celebration of Milt’s life; a day to honour and remember him and to raise money for extremely worthwhile charities.

“The instructors give up their time for free, and the help I have from friends on the day is fantastic.

“I am proud to say that the event has raised £18,000 to date.”

Milton suffered a heart attack en-route to work on his bike on Friday, March 13, 2015. This was followed by a further, catastrophic attack on the A595 between West Cumberland Hospital and the Carlisle Infirmary. He lost his fight for life the following afternoon.

This year’s spinathon sessions are pre-bookable. To join the event contact Joanne Huddart via Facebook.

For anyone wishing to make a donation, there is also Just Giving Facebook page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/joanne-huddart3