Gym ladies dig deep for Dorothy

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Fitness fans have helped raise hundreds of pounds to help make Dorothy's Dream come true.

Dozens of women from Curves gyms in Cowplain and Portsmouth, turned out to two ladies' nights in aid of The Rowans Hospice's 1m appeal to provide a service to support people to die in their own homes.

Janine Catterall, the owner of both Curves centres, said: 'Both nights were fantastic. Everyone had such a good time.

'We had Christmas music going, Father Christmas was handing out drinks, and we had a raffle. We raised 262 during both nights.'

Staff at the women's-only gyms in London Road, Cowplain, and London Road, Portsmouth, have also been raising money in-house through collection tins. Membership fees have also been waived for November and December, with women being invited to instead make a minimum donation of 15 to the Dorothy's Dream campaign.

Mrs Catterall said: 'We've had about 50 women join and we hope to have raised about 1,000.

'People have been really generous and very willing to give to Dorothy's Dream. We still have counted up all the collection tins as well.'

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