Jump up and get active in aid of The Rowans

Bryony Hayward, Nikkiey Quirke, Nikki Caputa and Sarah Lemay at a previous charity boot camp
Bryony Hayward, Nikkiey Quirke, Nikki Caputa and Sarah Lemay at a previous charity boot camp
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Fitness lover Nikki Caputa is holding a boot camp to raise money for The Rowans Hospice at Purbrook.

The 43-year-old, of Elms Road, Fareham, will host the event in memory of her friend Lesley Ashcroft, who died from breast cancer and a brain tumour in April.

Lesley had two young daughters and was 47 when she died.

She used the hospice when she was ill and her family continue to receive support from the organisation.

Friend Nikki, owner of Fab Body Bootcamp, says: ‘I wanted to do something to remember Lesley and raise money for the organisation that supported her.

‘I asked her husband who she would’ve most like the money to go toward and he picked the hospice.

‘It helped her so much when she was ill and has made a huge difference to the family.

‘Even now it continues to support the family and the children.’

She adds: ‘The work they do is incredible and that’s why I wanted to do something to help them.’

All profits from the boot camp event at Redlands Primary School, Fareham, on Sunday will be donated to the hospice.

There will also be a raffle to help boost the total figure raised, with a number of prizes donated by local businesses.

Nikki says: ‘I met Lesley through going to the gym and she would’ve loved this event.

‘It’s pirate themed which would be right up her street – she used to enjoy dressing up and wore lots of silly wigs when her hair started to fall out.’

The boot camp starts at 2.30pm and is suitable for people of all fitness levels.

Nikki has organised similar events in the past, including one this summer for Naomi House Hospice and another in February for the Hampshire Autistic Society.

In a bid to generate even more cash for The Rowans, Nikki is doing the Great South Run next month.

The run is one in a series of challenges that Nikki has set herself to raise as much money as she can for charities throughout the year.

Back in May she completed a 26-mile walk from Winchester Cathedral to Salisbury Cathedral.

She says: ‘The charity is very close to my heart and the work it does is so important.

‘But it wouldn’t be able to do what it does without donations. That’s why I want to raise as much as I can.’

For more information, call 07900 806288, or email info@challenge-fitness.com. Or go online and see charity-bootcamps.com.