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Fancy trying pole fitness as a way to keep fit? That’s exactly what people did at Reading University Pole Fitness Society (RUPFS) charity event to raise over £860 for No5 Young People. The society’s members demonstrated pole fitness and gave non-members and parents an opportunity to try it for themselves.

Jasmine Donaldson, President of RUPFS said: “We chose to support No5 Young People through our charity event as mental health is a very important and current issue. Their values sit close to our own, with many members suffering with mental health issues and using similar services on the university campus. Free counselling and help is rare, making this an amazing charity to support. I’m quite overwhelmed to think we raised £868.28 towards free counselling at No5. To have a representative from the charity at our event to see what we do and have so many people to come and support the charity made the event even more worthwhile. Through other events, we wish to raise a total of over £1000 for No5.“

RUPFS cheque presentation

Members of RUPFS presenting their cheque to Carly at No5

Carly Newman from No5 added: “It’s amazing that this group of young people have organised this event and contacted so many local businesses because they want to support other young people who will benefit from counselling. It’s a staggering amount for one event which demonstrates the hard work and commitment from the society, thank you so much RUPFS.”

Jasmine went on to explain, “pole fitness is a great form of exercise which improves your strength, flexibility, balance, and co-ordination. It tones the entire body and is a lot of fun.”

In addition to the pole fitness experience and JustGiving donations, the members contacted local businesses and shops for raffle prizes and raised £868.28 overall.

RUPFS would like to thank the following organisations and businesses who donated raffle prizes: Aerial Attire, Cereal Works, BananaShoes, Body Shop, Brooke Ashlee, But Is It Art?, Calendar Club, Clas Ohlson, Creatures of XIX, Dragonfly Brand, Eclectic Games, Entourage Project, Home Fragrance Store, Juicee Peach, Luna Pole Wear, Lush, Marks and Spencer, Maya’s Refillables, Nadine Lloyd, Nibsy’s, Orchid Therapeutics, RAD Pole Wear, Radiant Chaos, Reading Pole Arts, Reading University Students Union, Sewsteff, Snappy Snaps Reading, Spin City, Sylwia Misarko, Waterstones Reading, Wink Designs, and X-Pole.