Horsham gym launches fundraiser to support local businesses and good causes

A Horsham gym has launched a fundraiser to help support local businesses and good causes.

Monday, 29th March 2021, 10:15 am

Dual Strength and Fitness has started a GoFundMe and hopes to use the money raised to buy goods from independent traders which can be donated to charities in the area.

Holly Weller, front of house manager at the gym, said: “We had struggled quite a lot during the first lockdown. A lot of people cancelled their memberships.
“We were losing out on a lot of money – we just thought how much other local businesses must be struggling.”

The fundraiser was started by gym owners Olly Melcio and Matthew Young because they wanted to do what they could to support other firms in the area.

Dual Strength and Fitness has started a GoFundMe and hopes to use the money raised to buy goods from independent traders which can be donated to charities in the area. Pic Steve Robards SR2103263 SUS-210326-192128001

More than £200 has been raised so far with the gym pledging to double what is donated, Holly added.

She said: “We wanted to help out where we can. We have had a lot of support from local people and a lot of people have kindly left their membership running.

“We just thought that we will try and help out as much as we can.”

The gym is planning to use the money raised to buy hampers from local businesses which will then be given to good causes such as the fire station or Horsham Hospital.

And Holly said supporting those in need is ‘everything’.

The gym plans to start buying the produce for the hampers from April 12 when the Government plans to allow non-essential retail to reopen.