Hundreds of pounds have been raised for a worthy local charity after an event at CV Life’s Alan Higgs Centre.
Dozens of people gathered at the venue last month to take part of a series of specially chosen fitness classes to raise funds and awareness for Coventry Rape and Sexual Assault Centre (CRASAC).
CRASAC is the only specialist service in Coventry which provides support for adults and children who have been impacted directly or indirectly by sexual violence or abuse at any time in their lives. This includes online abuse and exploitation.
While the organisation does receive some funding, it is sadly not enough which has resulted in extensive waiting lists for people in desperate need of support.
Because of this, fundraising events such as the one held at Alan Higgs can be a vital way of helping the charity assist the people of Coventry who have been impacted by sexual violence or assault.
People attending on the day enjoyed classes such as bums, legs & tums, Zumba and self-defence.
Becky Williamson, Co-Chair Board of Trustees for CRASAC, said: “What a fantastic event – I really came away with a full heart. It was brilliant to see so many women turning up to support the survivors of Coventry. Every woman has a story, or a story of a friend or family member so coming together in this way felt even more pertinent.
“The highlight for me was the Zumba dancing with ribbons! There was so much energy in the room, it was a true example of women empowering women.
“I want to say a huge thank you to Alan Higgs for hosting the event, and to the brilliant instructors who gave up their time and of course to all of those who supported and donated. If anyone missed the event and would like to donate, please do so on our website.”
Tracey Canning, Group Exercise Coordinator for CV Life, said: “CRASAC is a massively important charity which does fantastic work here in Coventry. So I’m delighted we were able to host this event and help the organisation in this way.
“The classes were specially picked to build confidence of participants, but also to encourage fun and the more social side of exercise – it was a lovely afternoon which really got people engaged.
“But more importantly we were able to help raise some much needed funds for what really is a wonderful charity doing vital work.”
Find out more about CRASAC on the organisation’s website.