Ladies from Fosse Way Crossfit saddle up to raise money for Newark Women's Aid refuge
Pedal power was the way forward as a group of fundraisers got in the saddle to raise money for Newark Women’s Aid refuge.
Barbara Hill, of Newark, read the Advertiser front page of October 17, which revealed the Newark Women’s Aid refuge, the only one of its kind in the area, needed to raise £140,000 a year to stay open.
However, its main funding, from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, is due to end in March 2020, leaving the board with a shortfall of £83,000 a year.
As Barbara attends morning classes at Fosse Way Crossfit, on Brunel Drive, Newark, she organised a fundraiser to indoor cycle 370km, the length of the Fosseway, on Friday at Fosse Way Crossfit.
She asked the other attendees if anyone would like to take part in a cycling challenge and 12 people signed up straight away.
Barbara said: “We decided to cycle the length of the Fosse Way as we thought it would be best to cycle a distance people could relate to.”
The women started the challenge at 9.30am on Friday, and it took them four hours and 16 minutes to complete the distance.
She said: “We had some great camaraderie cheering each other on, we had a good playlist and some cake and it was great.
“There were some sore legs the next day, but we had a great time and we want to do a similar fundraiser to support Newark Women’s Aid again soon.”
So far, the challenge has raised more than £800 for Newark Women’s Aid, and their online fundraising page is still open to receive donations at https://bit.ly/31GnSws.
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