Gym holds charity workout in memory of Hailsham woman

Polly Matthews who died earlier this month. SUS-150309-150801001
Polly Matthews who died earlier this month. SUS-150309-150801001

A women only gym is holding a charity workout in memory of a Hailsham woman who died earlier this summer.

The Chick Box gym is to hold its first session in honour of Polly Matthews a 26-year-old member of the gym’s Chickboxing class.

Visitors to the gym are asked to give to The Samaritans, the Matthews family’s preferred charity.

The event will be the gym’s first Bench mark workout challenge – a series of challenges named after notable women from history.

The first session will be named Polly in honour of the 26-year-old.

Chick Boxing trainer Jo Elphick said, “The challenges are all named after inspiring and famous women and we wanted to name the first one after Polly.”

Polly was a regular at the gym’s Chickboxing classes – a ladies only kickboxing fitness class.

Jo said, “She trained with us for a long time and she was a really wonderful woman.”

The event will run from 11am to 3pm on September 6, with the Benchmark sessions at 12pm and 2pm.

Light food and drink will be available for those attending the event at the Chick Box gym on Langney Road.

Spectators are welcome to drop-in throughout the day-long event to donate.

Members of the gym are holding a further fundraiser in memory of Polly Matthews on October 3.

Gym members will run in the Major Series mud run – a five kilometre obstacle course in Eridge Park.

A group of women from the gym will run the course together to raise money for the Samaritans.

They will also be selling T-Shirts to raise money for the charity.

Both events aim to raise £100 for the charity.

The workout challenges will run each week as a way to increase fitness levels of the attendees .

For more information on the event visit for details and donations.

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