Yogathon aims to boost two charities

Yoga Marathon class at Standish High who are fundraising for Legacy Rainbow House and Motor Neurone Disease Association
Yoga Marathon class at Standish High who are fundraising for Legacy Rainbow House and Motor Neurone Disease Association

A CHARITY ‘yogathon’ inspired by Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs will take place to raise money for the The Legacy Rainbow House children’s charity and the Wigan branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

The event, which is open to anybody, will see as many people as possible attend a mass yoga class at Hope School, on Kelvin Grove, to raise awareness and funds for the two charities.

It is the brainchild of yoga instructor Michelle Almond, who is hoping to get the Manchester United star to attend the event.

Michelle, 24, from Leyland, said: “It’s a fun event to raise awareness and money for two very important charities. Hopefully lots of people will come along, but you don’t have to take part unless you want to.

“The charities are very close to my heart, both doing wonderful jobs in the region and I’m sure people will agree they are worthy causes.

“I have a woman who comes to my classes who has a child at Rainbow House and my grandfather died of MND, so I try to do as much as I can for them.”

The Legacy Rainbow House in Mawdesley specialises in providing services for children with brain injuries, disabilities and life-limiting conditions. The MND raises money to help those suffering from the debilitating muscle wasting disease and fund research.

Giggs, 37, who is now playing in his 21st Premiership season for United, has put his fitness down to yoga training and and has recently released a DVD to help inspire more men and women to take it up.

Michelle has started teaching classes to amateur football teams across the region, following Giggs’ endorsement.

She said: “I used to teach aerobics and that led me on to yoga and I fell in love with it. It is extremely beneficial, especially for footballers, so hopefully the event will also get people involved in yoga. I’m still hoping Ryan can attend the event to show how much yoga has helped him.”

The Yogathon will take place on Saturday March 5 from noon. The raffle will take place at 3pm.

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