Fitness classes to help Welwyn Garden City’s Isabel Hospice

PUBLISHED: 07:00 08 February 2018 | UPDATED: 09:45 08 February 2018

Cakes galore at the final session of Dawn's

Cakes galore at the final session of Dawn's "marathon" class. Picture: Dawn Wills

Dawn Wills

It turns out you can have your cake AND do a marathon, all while raising money for a good cause, at a Welwyn Garden City fitness initiative this February.

Fitness in aid of Isabel Hospice. Picture: Dawn Wills Fitness in aid of Isabel Hospice. Picture: Dawn Wills

Aerobics instructor Dawn Wills is holding a “marathon” class to raise money for Isabel Hospice in memory of one of a well-loved class member.Every Monday throughout February at Creswick School, Dawn is putting people through their paces with a goal of completing a 26.2 circuits in total.

All proceeds from the classes, which cost £5, will be donated to Isabel Hospice in Welwyn Garden City.

Participants can also take up sponsorship forms to boost their total.

The marathon-inspired challenge is held in memory of late Panshanger resident Rosalie (“Ros”) Anderson, who passed away five years ago of lung cancer which then spread to her bones.

She was in her late sixties.

Much loved by the class, Ros attended for 16 years and stayed in touch for several years afterwards as money monitor and a good friend of the group.

Dawn told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “Before she passed away, she had spent some time at Isabel Hospice.

“She became really ill and the only time she was relaxed and happy was at the hospice.”

Every February since then, around the time of Ros’ birthday, Dawn has dedicated the class to her and raised money in her honour.

Dawn estimates they have raised over £1,000 this way since they started.

“Marathon” participant Emma Parlow, who lives in Welwyn Garden City, said: “There’s so much sad and upsetting news and I thought this is was really uplifting. 
“It’s really nice, raising the profile of the hospice.”

In case an aerobics marathon seems like too much, there’s always the reassuring prospect of the home-baked cake tables that are set up at the final session.
Dawn said: “We pick up a cake, run from one end of the hall to the other, and then we stop and stretch!”

The class is a mixed ability group with ages ranging from 14 to mid 70s.

The first session was Monday, February 5, but Dawn will hold a top-up session in March to allow latecomers to get their final circuits in.

Booking is not necessary and classes begin at 7.15pm every Monday at Creswick School.

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