Ladies at an Inverurie gym were busy piling on the pounds last month - to a stockpile of food items which will go towards helping to support two local charities.
The food drive initiative was organised by Curves gym, based in Inverurie’s North Street. In addition to current members and members of staff donating bags of non-perishable food items, the fitness centre also offered new members the opportunity to join for free, providing they donated a bag of shopping to the appeal.
Overall, the March-long appeal - the sixth such collection organised by the gym - succeeded in raising well over 500lbs of food, a figure which was well in excess of the 320lbs target which organisers had set themselves.
The food items will now be donated to help two local charities - Grampian Women’s Aid, and Grampian Opportunities. Grampian Women’s Aid is an independent charity which offers support and refuge to women and children who have suffered from domestic abuse, while Grampian Opportunities works to promote opportunities for those with disabilities and mental health problems.
Curves Inverurie gym manager, Sam Obuzor, said afterwards that the initiative had again been a great success.
“We are absolutely delighted with everyone’s generosity”, she said. “The participation has once again been very high amongst members - we can’t thank them enough.”