Pilates marathon raises £1,000

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A four-hour charity pilates marathon in memory of a young woman who died from meningitis has been hailed a huge success.

More than 80 people limbered up at the event at March Town Hall, helping to raise more than £1,000 for Meningitis Now.

The event, held last Wednesday, was organised by local physiotherapist Alex Goude after her relative Emily Styles was suddenly struck down with meningitis on New Year’s Eve 2013.

The 19-year-old teaching assistant fell unconscious and died less than seven hours later on New Year’s Day.

“Meningitis took Emily’s life in hours,” said Alex. “A close colleague also came close to death after contracting the disease at 19 so I felt really motivated to do something to help.”

The charity event included four different pilates classes for all abilities, a prize raffle and a cake stall with lots of home-cooked treats.

Alex said: “We were genuinely overwhelmed by people’s generosity.

“Those who donated, baked cakes, gave raffle prizes and donated their valuable time to attend helped make it a really successful event.”

She also thanked March Town Council for allowing the Town Hall to be used for the event, and Pat and Angie Adcock for all their help on the day.