Carla smashes hospice tar­get

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP -

AFITNESS in­struc­tor has smashed her fundrais­ing tar­get for the hospice - and now plans to keep go­ing.

Carla Gilder, 32, from Bolling­ton, set her­self the task of rais­ing £7,5000 for East Cheshire Hospice, the amount that it costs per day for the cen­tre to run.

She was in­spired to help the hospice af­ter los­ing a her aunt, Rose Eldridge, 76, who died of cancer last July.

Fundrais­ing started last July with the aim of reach­ing the amount by next month.

But with a va­ri­ety of events in­clud­ing a fit­ness class led by Chico Sli­mani of X Fac­tor at Fal­li­b­roome Academy, a Fam­ily Fit­ness Fes­ti­val, the Born Sur­vivor chal­lenge, Manch­ester 10km race, as well as cof­fee morn­ings, walks and pop up cafes, Carla, her fam­ily, friend and clients, smashed the tar­get with a month to go.

The big mo­ment came in the days af­ter she raised more than £500 with a gig at The Poach­ers pub in Bolling­ton where mu­sic was pro­vided by Carla’s father’s band The Bra­con­niers and key­board and vo­cal­ist Paul Leff.

But Carla and the team refuse to rest on their lau­rels and have pledged to keep fundrais­ing, set­ting them­selves a new tar­get of £10,000 by the end of the year.

Carla, who runs Carla Gilder Fit­ness CGF, said: “I have al­ways fun­drasied for sev­eral char­i­ties and the hospice has been one of them.

“Peo­ple al­ways said to me you’ll never re­alise how much it means un­til you ex­pe­ri­ence the care for a loved one.

“Last year un­for­tu­nately that time came when my aunt Rose spent her last days there. The staff and fa­cil­i­ties were fan­tas­tic and the whole ex­pe­ri­ence was a great sup­port to my fam­ily.

“I de­cided to fund ‘a day’ for the hospice, this costs £7,500 and I have done this through sev­eral events.

“All of my mem­bers have em­braced this chal­lenge and even got their chil­dren along to many of the events.

“I am so happy we hit out tar­get, but we re­ally want to keep go­ing and have a new tar­get. It’s worth the ef­fort.”

If you want to help visit www.just­giv­­lag­ilder­fit­ness.

●● Carla Gilder Fit­ness, from Bolling­ton, and her sup­port­ers at the Bub­ble Run fundrais­ing for East Cheshire Hospice

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