Keynsham personal trainer Teresa makes special festive delivery

December 29 2017
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As a personal trainer, Teresa Lovell is used to helping people reach their goals – but this year her clients have helped her beat her own target.

As a personal trainer, Teresa Lovell is used to helping people reach their goals – but this year her clients have helped her beat her own target.

Working together, members of Keynsham’s Love Fitness Studio helped Teresa raise £580 – enough money to buy 137 Christmas presents, which have been delivered to Keynsham Children’s Centre and will go to the children of local families in need. 

The total is almost three times the amount of presents the group was able to provide last year, when they donated 52 gifts – and Teresa said she will aim to beat the total every year.

The group’s fundraising activities included cake and bread sales and raffles, selling fresh eggs, a collection at their Christmas party and Halloween-themed exercise sessions and they also donated any unused toys from their own families.

Teresa said the arrival of her daughter Betsy Alice, with partner Hayley, two years ago was what inspired her to support other families at Christmas.

She said: “Betsy Alice changed my life and made me realise that Christmas is about children. As I talked to her about Christmas and Santa and presents, I realised that some children will wake up to nothing on Christmas morning.

“It’s a very expensive time of year and some families don’t have enough money to buy presents so as a local business we wanted to help local people.

“I don’t have enough money to buy every child in need a present but I realised I could use my contacts to help. People have really come together as a community to support this and think about others who aren’t as fortunate.”

Teresa said she was grateful to fellow local businesses IC Fleet Services for donating to the fund and to The Entertainer and Snapdragons for adding to the toy collection.

She also thanked Patsy Stocker for her organisational help and printing posters and fliers, Julie Sampson for making bread to sell and partner Hayley for her support.