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The Mayor of Rugby, Councillor Kathryn Lawrence, will be opening a special event designed to help the people of Rugby and surrounding areas keep fit and healthy and raise money for disabled children at the same time.

The Your Body, Your Health event is being held on April 18 and will feature 26 professionals who are able to give advice on everything from acupuncture to belly dancing and from martial arts to physiotherapy.

Admission to the event, at the Benn Hall, in Newbold Road, from 6pm to 10pm, is just £2. Proceeds will go to Newlife Foundation, a leading children’s disabled charity which has funded over £135,139 in specialist equipment for 104 children in Warwickshire.

The event has been organised by Vicky Morley, a podiatrist at the town’s WalkWell Clinic, who wants to raise awareness of the benefits of exercise and health.

She said: “Some of the children registered with Newlife Foundation may never be able to walk, never mind exercise, so we should think very clearly and hard about this and stop making excuses! If you can walk… you can exercise, Do it for the disabled children! Do it for yourself!”

Vicky added she wanted to bring all the local health and fitness related professionals together to help inspire and let people see that fitness is enjoyable and doesn’t have to involve hours and hours of your life.

Mark Pawsey, MP, will be at the event, and there will be lots going on, many exciting demonstrations, a raffle with excellent prizes, and over 30 different stands packed with people eager to help support and inspire health and fitness.

Tickets are available on the door or from the Walkwell Clinic on 01788 537300.

Newlife Fundraising Manager Nora Smith said: “We are delighted that Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children will benefit from this special day – it will raise awareness of who we are and what we do.

“Every penny that is raised will go directly to help provide children with essential specialist equipment they so desperately need.”

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