Fitness fans laced up their trainers in aid of charity.

More than 30 exercise lovers took part in an open air exercise class in Weymouth to raise money for Weldmar Hospicecare.

The event, held by Jo Richards, took place outside the Lookout Café at Bowleaze Coveway.

Jo is a fitness instructor and personal trainer at the 3D Health and Fitness Gym at Wey Valley School – and the gym helped to support the event.

Jo said: “I held this event in memory of my friend, Jo Davies, who passed away 10 years ago. I wanted to do something to help keep her memory alive and to support Weldmar, the charity that did so much to help her and her family at the time, and so many others in their care now.”

The two-hour fitness class consisted of a mix of cardio highintensity interval training (HIIT), body conditioning and core strength training, with participants paying £10 to take part.

Those who took part were rewarded with a cupcake supplied by Henrietta Murfit of Henni’s Sweet Treats.

The class was followed by a raffle. In total, the event raised £525 for Weldmar.

Jo said: “The event was a big success and I would like to thank everyone who came along, joined in or donated to the event so generously - including Lou Sams for loaning me a stage and Victoria Jones for the sound system.”

Diane Bentley,of Weldmar Hospicecare, said: “I brought my yoga mat and my gym clothes, and joined in with the whole event. I was amazed at Jo’s energy, and delighted to see so many people taking part in support of Weldmar.

“We rely so much on the support of our local community. The money they have raised will help us to continue to provide our outstanding care across Dorset, supporting our patients and their families where and when they need us most.”