MOUNTAINS of food are probably the last thing you need when you’re trying to burn off fat.
But big-hearted Susan Ruff is looking at fitness from a totally different perspective.
The 50-year-old fitness instructor has organised an event called ‘Burn Fat, Feed the Hungry’.
Instead of paying a few pounds to take part in her aerobics class, people are being invited to bring along tins of baked beans, boxes of cereal and cooking sauces.
All the food will be donated to food banks to help needy families this Christmas.
Four different workout classes will take place at Leigh Park Baptist Church, where Susan teaches every week.
The mum-of-three said: ‘I wanted to do this to help feed the hungry.
‘We have got lots of families in our communities that are on low incomes.
‘Lots of people are struggling – we don’t realise how serious it is in our country. The way to get into the class is to bring an item of food or carrier bags – it’s really up to you. Food is the admission and there’s free tea and coffee all day long.’
Four workouts will be taking place tomorrow at the church in Stockheath Road, starting with a body tone workout from 10.30am to 11.30am.
At 11.45am there will be a kids hip bop workout, and from midday to 2pm a fitness dance workout.
From 2pm to 3pm there will be circuits for adults over 18.
Susan, who also works in a children’s home, laughed: ‘If people don’t like fitness, they can shake a leg!’
There will be a craft table for children so mums and dads can do the workout while they play.
Susan, who has been a fitness instructor for 16 years, added: ‘In Leigh Park we are trying to do as much as we can. Plus this keeps me fit and at my age I need it!’
All the food will be donated to two food banks – First Needs at the Baptist Church and the Beacon church in Havant.
Items needed are tea, coffee, pasta, rice, sugar, cereal, soup, tinned meat, tuna, baked beans, tinned veg and fruit, custard, rice pudding, bottles of squash, long-life milk, biscuits, cooking sauces, and jam. The workout sessions are open to men and women of all fitness levels.