Fitness studio founders launch disabled access crowdfunder ahead of November opening

PUBLISHED: 12:31 20 October 2020 | UPDATED: 12:51 20 October 2020

Ely residents and local business owners Sara Ford and Alice Loombe, who will launch FRESH at 16-18 Broad Street on November 7, have launched a crowdfunder to raise money for improved access. Inside the studio. Picture: TRISH PETERS PHOTOGRAPHY

Ely residents and local business owners Sara Ford and Alice Loombe, who will launch FRESH at 16-18 Broad Street on November 7, have launched a crowdfunder to raise money for improved access. Inside the studio. Picture: TRISH PETERS PHOTOGRAPHY

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£8,000 is needed to ensure an Ely fitness studio can offer ‘access for all’ when it opens next month.

Ely residents and local business owners Sara Ford and Alice Loombe, who will launch FRESH at 16-18 Broad Street on November 7, have launched a crowdfunder to raise money for improved access. Inside the studio. Picture: TRISH PETERS PHOTOGRAPHYEly residents and local business owners Sara Ford and Alice Loombe, who will launch FRESH at 16-18 Broad Street on November 7, have launched a crowdfunder to raise money for improved access. Inside the studio. Picture: TRISH PETERS PHOTOGRAPHY

Sara Ford and Alice Loombe, who will launch FRESH at 16-18 Broad Street on November 7, have launched a crowdfunder to raise money for improved access.

With £1,395 already raised thanks to donations from 33 supporters, the pair want to “ensure our sessions are accessible to everyone”.

The money will be used, they say, to install three ramps throughout the venue for wheelchairs and buggies.

Ely residents and local business owners Sara Ford and Alice Loombe, who will launch FRESH at 16-18 Broad Street on November 7, have launched a crowdfunder to raise money for improved access. Picture: TRISH PETERS PHOTOGRAPHYEly residents and local business owners Sara Ford and Alice Loombe, who will launch FRESH at 16-18 Broad Street on November 7, have launched a crowdfunder to raise money for improved access. Picture: TRISH PETERS PHOTOGRAPHY

Sara said having ‘access for all’ is important because “we want to ensure we are completely inclusive.

“There is no reason that someone with a physical limitation shouldn’t be able to access fantastic fitness and wellness services.

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“We want to make sure we’re available to anyone who needs us.”

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Supporter, Katy Goymour, said: “You are providing such an incredible service for the community and I am 100 per cent behind everything you are doing.

“I share your important values and ethics and you deserve to have the financial and moral support to make this vision become a reality.”

Ely residents and local business owners Sara Ford and Alice Loombe, who will launch FRESH at 16-18 Broad Street on November 7, have launched a crowdfunder to raise money for improved access. Inside the studio. Picture: TRISH PETERS PHOTOGRAPHYEly residents and local business owners Sara Ford and Alice Loombe, who will launch FRESH at 16-18 Broad Street on November 7, have launched a crowdfunder to raise money for improved access. Inside the studio. Picture: TRISH PETERS PHOTOGRAPHY

Between them, Sara and Alice have over 20 years of teaching experience within the dance and fitness industry and aim to “develop a nurturing environment that supports client’s mental health” while “opening a discussion on how fitness can support a sense of well-being”.

While classes will include barre, pilates, dance, yoga, flexitone, HIIT, bounce, meditation, mental strength workshops and post-natal options, the pair say FRESH - which has a “botanical vibe and will house one small and two large studios, and have space for a café - “will differ to usual fitness studios”.

As well as placing an emphasis on “inclusion, ensuring the classes are accessible and welcoming to all, regardless of age, gender or background,” they will offer one class a day to a charity, community group, older group or underrepresented group free of charge.

Ely residents and local business owners Sara Ford and Alice Loombe, who will launch FRESH at 16-18 Broad Street on November 7, have launched a crowdfunder to raise money for improved access. Inside the studio. Picture: TRISH PETERS PHOTOGRAPHYEly residents and local business owners Sara Ford and Alice Loombe, who will launch FRESH at 16-18 Broad Street on November 7, have launched a crowdfunder to raise money for improved access. Inside the studio. Picture: TRISH PETERS PHOTOGRAPHY

To keep up to date with FRESH, which will also offer membership packages and has a free car park, follow them on Facebook and Instagram or visit their website.


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