ANDOVER Leisure Centre has won another award - this time for the incredible fundraising efforts of new fitness fanatics in Andover.

Staff picked up the award for being the highest fundraiser in the UK in this year's Commit to Get Fit scheme - after raising £7,250 for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

It is the fifth time the centre has won the award in eight years of taking part in the Fitness Industry Association (FIA) scheme - raising a total of £45,000 for charity over the years.

Residents were invited to join the scheme, which encouraged people to take regular exercise while raising money for charity.

A total of 145 people signed up and pledged to raise at least £30. The leisure centre also donated each £17.50 joining fee.

Sheridan Easton, chief executive of Valley Leisure Ltd, which runs the centre, said: "We're very proud to receive this trophy on the back of the Leisure Centre of the Year award.

"To get the double is absolutely fantastic and there's no better slogan than to commit to get fit at the best leisure centre in the country.

Group sales and marketing manager Julie Collings added: "We've won the award through the community in Andover really getting involved and raising the money for us."

Last month the centre won the FLAME Leisure Centre of the Year award for behind the scenes exellence.

The awards follow a massive refurbishment programme, which finished earlier this year.