PRESS RELEASE: Fundraising fitness classes for Friends of the Family

 In Fundraising, Media

A local charity is finding new ways to raise funds during the coronavirus outbreak. Friends of the Family, which provides support and friendship to vulnerable children and families, has raised £624 through Zoom fitness classes. The classes attracted 57 participants of all ages and abilities who joined in from their own homes before making a donation to the charity.

With a focus on ballet and yoga, the exercises were delivered by Naomi Butterworth, a trained dancer and personal trainer, and Livy Hazlitt, a power yoga teacher and student. Both Naomi and Livy run regular weekend classes which have raised funds for numerous charities including Action for Children, Restart Africa, Refuge and Mind.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many charities, including Friends of the Family, have been unable to raise funds through their usual methods and are implementing new ways of fundraising safely in order to maintain their services.

Chair of trustees, Karen Hazlitt, said: “We sadly can’t run our usual fundraising events and activities because of the social distancing measures currently in place. This has had a detrimental effect on our funds as we aren’t physically able to raise as much money as usually would. The support from Naomi and Livy has been amazing. We are incredibly grateful to them and to everyone who took part in the classes and donated.”

Friends of the Family is hoping to run more Zoom fundraising classes in the future. Anyone interested is invited to sign up to their mailing list by emailing or follow their Facebook page @fotfwinch to keep up-to-date with news and events.