Fitness fanatics sweated, jumped, lifted and stretched their way to raising money for Hospice Heroes.
As part of the appeal for Trinity Hospice and Brian House children’s hospice, class members at Velocity Health and Fitness, based at De Vere Village Heron’s Reach, Blackpool, donned festive outfits and donated cash for the charity.
Some were sponsored to wear Santa costumes throughout their Sunday morning exercise sessions of Body Attack, Body Pump and Body Balance.
Instructors Louise Fairfield and Emma Harris – The Gazette’s women’s writer – led the way by donning Santa outfits to teach the classes.
The idea came about after instructors were impressed by the turnout at this year’s Trinity Santa Dash, where hundreds of people dressed as Santa ran or walked a mile along the Prom to raise money for The Gazette’s campaign. As instructors at De Vere were unable to take part, due to teaching classes at that time, they decided to do their own festive fund-raiser.
Emma said: “A team from The Gazette was doing the Santa dash, but I teach a class at that time so I couldn’t go along.
“We thought we would have our own Santa themed classes instead, dressing up in festive outfits, asking people to sponsor us or donate, to raise money for the appeal, to help them in their valuable work.
“Everyone really got into the spirit, there were some wonderful costumes.”