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Newbury fitness instructors aim to help homeless charity

Five hour combatathon planned to raise funds for Loose Ends

Chris Ord

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Newbury fitness instructors aim to help homeless charity

A GROUP of Newbury fitness instructors are urging the West Berkshire public to help stretch, punch and kick their way to helping a local charity.

Newbury Les Mills body combat team will be holding a special session later this month, combining body combat and body balance, to raise funds and resources for homeless charity Loose Ends.

This will be the third time the fitness fans have come together in aid of a worthy cause, with last year’s hardcore five-hour body combat session raising funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

The 2015 event raised more than £9,000 for the charity and had been inspired by teenager Jess Thomas, who died earlier this year after having been diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma when she was 17.

Jess’ aunt and event co-organiser Stephanie Burton said: “We were all obviously devastated when Jess died. We raised such a fantastic amount for the Teenage Cancer Trust, we wanted to do a similar thing for a local charity this time.

“Loose Ends does great work with the homeless, and this year we’re asking people to donate items, especially toiletries.

“We wanted to do something more local this time – we’re all local to the area and this a way of giving something back.”

The five-hour session, dubbed ‘The Les Mills Perfect Storm’, is open to all and will see instructors put fundraisers through their paces with a stretching body balance class, followed by a body combat marathon.

The class will be held at Hermitage Village Hall on Friday, September 16, from 5.30pm.

Tickets cost £20 and can be purchased via Eventbrite by searching ‘The Les Mills Perfect Storm’.

All proceeds will be donated to Loose Ends.

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