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The Yogathon.
The Yogathon.
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People from across the county took part in a three-hour yoga session to raise money for St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice on Saturday.

More than 40 people took part in the event, which was held at the hospice on Barrowby Road and led by yoga teachers Stefan Cunnington and Marion Field.

So far over a £1,000 has been raised, but that total is expected to rise as those that took part now have until the end of the month to collect their sponsorship money.

Community events fundraiser for St Barnabas hospice Janie McCormick said: “I would like to say a big thank you to the yoga teachers who really publicised the event well for us and made it such a huge success – they are really nice people. We had so many taking part in the event that some had to take a part in the class from outside on the patio. We were going to do the whole thing outside but it was just too wet on the grass.”

Everyone taking part in the three-hour yoga marathon was able to break from the class or swap to a different class within the time slot.

This is the third year the hospice has held the ‘yogathon’, which has grown in popularity.

Last year saw 30 people taking part, where as this year 42 people took part.

Mrs McCormick said: “We hope to do it again next year. Last year we raised £1,500 so we are keeping our fingers crossed for much more this year. All the money raised will go to the hospice.”

Once the yoga was finished guests were treated to a buffet lunch which was made possible through donations of food from local supermarkets Morrisons, Asda and Sainsbury’s.

St Barnabas currently employs 280 staff and has 1000 volunteers who support patients and their families at their sites throughout the county. The trust needs £4million a year to provide the current services.