Fitness trainers and friends raise a magnificent £3,139.13.

17 December 2012

A group of fitness trainers and friends have joined together to raise funds for Wigan & Leigh Hospice. Their first event was a sponsored rowing challenge on rowing machines at DW fitness in Leigh, where each rower rowed the equivalent of a marathon. Their second event was a charity evening at the China Room at Westhoughton. The third was bag-packing at the Co-op in Ashton.

These three events have raised a magnificent £3,139.13.

fitness trainers and friends

Emma Poli who is a personal trainer at DW Fitness in Leigh wanted to raise money for the Hospice because her father had recently died. She has also previously lost her father-in-law-and mother-in law to cancer.

Emma said, "I wanted to give myself a big individual challenge by devising a lot of hard, physical fundraising challenges that would involve me in a lot of personal training and effort.  When some 'fitness' friends heard of the plan, they offered their support."

Friend and fellow fitness trainer, Denise Atherton's mother-in law was a former Wigan & Leigh Hospice patient.  When she learned about Emma's plans, she said, "Why don't we get a team together to devise a series of fitness challenges for us to take part in?"

This was the launch of 'Next Step', who, as well as planning Karaoke nights etc., are also devising a diverse range of 'extreme' fitness-based fun-raising challenges, such as one devised by another member of the group, Senior Prison Officer Dave Hatton, who is intends to cycle to every prison in the North West.

Hospice Community Fundraiser Julie Houston said, "As well as a series of yet to be organised events, the final challenge will be a Himalaya Trek in September 2013.  We never cease to be amazed at the variety and extent of fundraising activities and challenges that people do in support of our work at the Hospice.  Every penny is used to provide specialist Hospice care and support for local people living with a life-limiting illness."

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