Get fit and help charity at Sunderland Stadium of Light

The fitness day will boost Cancer Research UK funds.

The fitness day will boost Cancer Research UK funds.

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A FIT-A-THON is aiming to get Wearsiders in shape for the new year – as well as raise money in memory of a special friend.

Fitness fans are being invited to kickstart their January with a health boost, while raising cash for Cancer Research UK later this month.

MyBody Studios, based in East Boldon, is urging people to head down to the Stadium of Light for a day-long exercise event.

The studio is hosting one of the biggest fitness days ever held in the region, spearheaded by some of the North East’s top fitness instructors.

Emma Newham, MyBody Studios boss, felt moved to organise the fund-raiser after one of her clients, Jill Gibb, lost her fight with breast cancer.

Emma, who has many years of pilates and yoga expertise, said: “Jill was a popular student and much liked among her fellow class participants. We felt the need to do something in her memory to raise money for a good cause.

“It is a charity close to my heart as I lost my own dear mother to breast cancer a few years ago and it is in our family at present.

“I sat with a few of my students and we came up with the Fit-a-Thon idea so fingers crossed we raise a lot of money to help fight this terrible disease.”

Sessions on offer throughout the day include pilates, yoga, zumba, salsa, bootcamp and 1980s popmobility.

Each of the sessions costs £6 and all proceeds go to Cancer Research UK.

Light refreshments will be available.

There will also be a charity raffle to boost funds, with prizes donated from North East businesses.

To take part in the event or to book a class, visit www.mybodystudios.co.uk/fit-a-thon/ or phone 519 3351.

The event takes place on Sunday, January 23, at the Stadium of Light, between 8am and 8pm.