Last month’s Fit In February campaign raised over £1,200 in total for the Flutterby Fundraisers For Cystic Fibrosis it has been revealed.
The challenge was dreamed up by Andrea Jones who wanted to do something to keep active through lockdown, while also raising money for Cystic Fibrosis. The challenge consisted of a daily, socially distanced walk every weekday, alongside daily set challenges.
In total, the event raised £1,281.16, which will go towards the charity’s continued support of Gene Therapy Research.
Andrea Jones, the creator of the campaign said of herself and her experiences during the pandemic:
“I have been a class fitness instructor for over 27 years since I had my daughter in 1993, one of the best career decisions to this day, I am passionate about my work , I am ambitious and driven and have qualified in lots of disciplines over this time, I am still learning to this day. I like to challenge myself and research the latest changes In the fitness industry which I can then pass on to my classes.. Last year was the biggest challenge when COVID 19 hit us all and was told by my local leisure centre not to come back until further notice. Had a melt down , then my on- line classes were up and running by the Monday and they are still growing strong. I class myself as a people’s person and a natural leader , if there is anything I can do to help anyone, I will . I have a daughter and grandson and try to do what I can to help them, if I had a super -power it would be to keep them safe.”
One person in particular who really got involved with the challenge and went above and beyond all expectations was Christine Jakeman, who raised £500 for the campaign from friends and family across the world. Christine said of the challenge:
“When Andrea first mentioned the ‘February Fitness challenge’ I thought it was going to be 5 reps of 5 exercises starting on Mon Feb 1st increasing by 5 a day to 25 on Friday then returning to 5 a day etc. on the following Monday.
“When I learnt that it was to be increased by 5 every weekday of the month up to 100 of each on the 26th I thought ‘Aaaagh I’ll never manage that on my own!’ so decided to ask family & friends to help my motivation by sponsoring me.
“How amazed was I when I started receiving donations of £50 from friends in France & nephew in USA that I have not seen for years! I had 24 sponsors who donated a Grand Total of £500 . Thanks to them I have managed the whole month as half way through my shoulders were aching so much if I had not been sponsored by so much money I would have definitely given up.
“The great news was that at the end I felt so much fitter in body, better mentally for my sense of achievement & that I had supported such a great cause as Cystic Fibrosis.
“My thanks to Andrea for her inspiration & encouragement & to Steph for her ongoing hard work to keep this worthy cause in the limelight.
“Here’s to March’s Challenge!”
The Flutterby Fundraisers for Cystic Fibrosis is a voluntary charity that aims to put the fun back into fundraising to help all those affected by cystic fibrosis. You can find out more about the group on their Facebook page, here.