A health and fitness company near Nailsworth raised over £1,800 for Stroud Women's Refuge through Zoom classes at their studio.

When lockdown forced the closure of the Personal Best studio and clinic, owners Carl and Kristine looked for alternative ways to keep their clients exercising and motivated.

The solution was Zoom classes which they hosted for free, asking clients to make a small donation to the Stroud Women’s Refuge.

Carl Benton, owner and personal trainer said: “The Refuge has been our chosen ‘charity' for some time and last year we raised over £3,000 through a pre-loved clothes sale. We wanted to give something to our clients to keep them moving, motivated and happy, as well as doing something for such a deserved cause.”

The team also built a brand-new membership site, recorded over a 100 exercise videos, wrote numerous health and fitness related articles, uploaded 100 healthy recipes, and created a 21 Day Challenge for clients to take part in.

“We are delighted that we were able to raise more than £1,800 for the refuge, with more money still drifting into our Just giving page,” said Carl.

With lockdown restrictions lifting, the clinic has reopened for chiropractic treatment, but with the studio not yet able to open, it’s Zoom classes all the way for the Personal Best clients.

To donate, visit bit.ly/3eNJBK7