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Online fitness instructor piles on the pounds for charity

"we're continuing to do what we can to support local charities in our area"


An online fitness instructor has been helping people shed pounds in more ways than one across Gedling borough and the surrounding areas.

Lorna Marie Fitness and her clients, many of whom are from Gedling borough have raised a massive £3200 for charities in the last six months alone while at the same time getting fit and losing lbs.

Lorna said “we’re continuing to do what we can to support local charities in our area. It feels really good to give back.”

The amazing list of fundraising activities that Lorna and her husband Will have carried out include raising £1946 for The Richard Whitehead Foundation.

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Lorna said “We held a Pilates and Prosecco event where Richard (Whitehead MBE) came to talk to everyone at the end, telling them all about the charity’s current projects and we did a 2 hour online workout-a-thon with ‘Tech Will’ – my husband who does the tech for the business”

Pictured: Richard Whitehead MBE meeting with the fundraisers (PHOTO: Courtesy of Lorna Marie Fitness)

Richard Whitehead MBE said “you’ve raised an incredible amount… it’s not only going towards people less fortunate than ourselves but also going towards making communities more inclusive. I’d like to thank you all for your support”

Paul, a Project Manager with The Richard Whitehead Foundation said “Thank you so much and what an amazing amount of money raised! ”

At Christmas Lorna and the fundraisers collected over 300kg of food donations for both the Arnold Foodbank and The Meadows Foodbank. Lorna said “the local Scouts got involved helping us package it all together! It was such a wonderful event!”

A spokesperson from Arnold Foodbank said:

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“A massive thank you to Lorna Marie, Will, and the Lowdham community, who came together on 16 December 2022 to collect food for Arnold Foodbank. Their amazing fundraiser left us in awe. Also, a big shout out to the Lowdham Scouts for helping to bag up the donations. 

Pictured: An online Fitness class raising money for charity as well as improving their health (PHOTO: Lorna Marie Fitness)

“The following Monday, 19 December, our lovely volunteer, Peter collected 56 bags of food for families in Lowdham who were finding things tough over the festive period. 

“We are so grateful to all our community who donate their time and fuel to fundraise and deliver within our community. You are essential to our operations and we’re so thankful for all you do.”

Other fundraising events have included a 10,000 step workout for MIND raising £784, a Zumba-thon online for Breast Cancer that raised over £800 and £700 was raised for ‘Stand With Ukraine’ by doing a 2 hour workout-a-thon.

Lorna said “It’s been a team effort, with everyone coming together to make a real difference in our community.  We’re currently starting fundraising for the Newark Children’s Bereavement Centre and are walking the Yorkshire 3 Peaks for them in June to help raise funds and although this is in June we’re currently at over £470 in donations and growing.

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“It would mean the world to us to inspire others to get involved.”

The amazing Lorna is also in London this weekend running the London Marathon in aid of the Richard Whitehead Foundation and donations can be made on her just giving page

Whether you would like to get fit online, support Lorna’s fundraising activities or combine both you can contact Lorna by email at or via her website at

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