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.