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Fitness entrepreneur raises over £7,000 for Hospice at Home in one weekend

A Whitehaven Fitness Entrepreneur has raised over £7,000 in one weekend.

The ower of Xtreme Fitness in Workington has been a supporter of Hospice at Home West Cumbria for many years in his own time and at the events hosted by the charity.

As the charity isn't able to hold their usual events due to COVID-19 restrictions, Lee decided to find a new, fun virtual way to raise some money for the cause with an initial target of £5,000.

Lee Butterworth drew the raffle on a Sunday evening via Facebook live stream and due to the number of entries and the number of prizes, it took an hour and a half to get through.

Lee’s efforts paid off and they have raised an incredible £7,160, he said: “It’s a fantastic total, and way over my original £5,000 target, but there was no way now that I wasn’t going to get over £7,000! I did another social media post offering some freebies if people made a donation.

"I’m also getting some t-shirts made that will have the Hospice and Xtreme Fitness logos on one side and commemorating the NHS nurses as superheroes on the other side which we will sell. This money will also be added to the total!”

Liz Greggains, community fundraiser for Hospice at Home West Cumbria, said: “We want to say a huge thank you to Lee and the team for their ongoing support and to everyone involved in making the weekend such a success.

“This is an incredible amount which will help us so much at a time when we are unable to hold our usual events.”

Hayley McKay from Hospice at Home added: "Lee has been involved with Hospice at Home for many years, and has been an incredible supporter over the years.

"What he has done is absolutely brilliant, we couldn’t raise the money we need if it wasn’t for people like Lee and other groups and individuals. "

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