Gym staff break a sweat to raise £6,239 for hospice!

Gym staff break a sweat to raise £6,239 for hospice!

by Tom Martin (November 2021)

STAFF from a ladies-only gym in Southport have presented a cheque of £6,239 to Queenscourt Hospice.

Gymophobics made the hospice its ‘Charity of the Year’ in 2020 and a number of events have been organised to raise money.

Their fundraising started in March 2020 with an open week, which included a variety of events such as wine tasting, cookery demonstrations, a tombola and table sales.

Their biggest fundraiser came towards the end of the year when a planned virtual cycle ride from John O’Groats to Land’s End morphed into a virtual tour of Europe when lockdown struck again.  

The fundraising challenge was the idea of the gym’s manager Gill Dunne, who has had first-hand experience of services offered by Queenscourt as her husband, Terry, was battling cancer at the time.  

Anne Molyneux, the gym’s co-owner, said: “We are absolutely thrilled with the amount we raised last year. Our members are just so generous and so positive.” 

“We are a real community here and wanted to pull together to support each other and to support Queenscourt. There are very few people who don’t have a connection to Queenscourt – we are very lucky to have it.” 

Gymophobics is made up of owners Anne Molyneux and Helena Knapton, manager Gill Dunne and instructors Rita Gill and Julie Stirk.

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