St Helens firefighter raises almost £1,000 for charity at fitness event

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A Merseyside firefighter is celebrating after raising almost £1,000 for a road safety charity with a colourful rave-style fitness event.

Kirsty Hornby, 29, who is based at Huyton Community Fire Station, joined forces with Ellen Murray, director of Heatone Fitness in St Helens, to run a ‘Glowathon’ in aid of Brake.

Glow Fit is a dance fitness programme combining Zumba-style moves, glow sticks, bright lights and 90s dance anthems.

Fitness fan Kirsty, who hails from Prescot, hosted the event to raise money for victims of road traffic collisions, and the families and friends of those killed or injured.

It took place at The Venue in St Helens and scores of women turned out to support her, along with firefighters from her own White Watch crew from St Helens.

A qualified personal trainer, Kirsty is also a voluntary ‘Friend of Brake’ and runs sessions to help educate people about road safety.

She said: “I have attended many road traffic collisions as part of my job and I have seen first-hand how these incidents affect victims and their families. I wanted to do more to help them beyond our roadside response.

“I am thrilled that my Glowathon 4 Brake was such a huge success. It was such a positive feeling knowing that so many people will benefit from the amount we raised.

“Thanks to everyone who came along to support us and help raise a total of £955. Their generosity was amazing and we all had a fantastic time.

“All proceeds will now go to Brake, which aims to stop the needless deaths and injuries that occur on roads every day and make communities safer.”

Joe Fenton, community fundraiser at Brake, said: “As a small charity that relies on fundraising, Brake is extremely grateful to Kirsty for going to such lengths to support Brake’s work.

“All the money raised as a result of the Glowathon will allow Brake to continue its important work, supporting bereaved and injured road crash victims and campaigning for safer roads.

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