A GROUP of local girls have raised nearly £2,000 for the Robin House children’s hospice in Balloch through an indoor/outdoor bootcamp.

Last month fitness leader Kara Leitch of KJL Fitness and five members of her team of her team Andreena Daly, Leonora McFarlane, Linda Aitchison, Linda Cole and Jennifer Stewart completed an extensive sponsored indoor /outdoor bootcamp to raise money for the facility.

The 27-year-old was determined to complete the event for the charity as they hold a special place in her heart.

Kara’s proud mum, Wendy McKinnon, told the Reporter: “She is a nursery nurse so children play a huge part in her life. She is very much touched by Robin House and the things they do for the children.”

Kara came up with the idea of running a sponsored bootcamp ending with two sessions in Christie Park but with a fun twist.

Wendy continued: “The group hoped to raise a couple of hundred pounds but they honestly smashed that target raising an amazing total of £1,954.

They all headed into the freezing cold and dark park with head torches and did a Christmas treasure hunt by solving riddles to find and complete each exercise routine which made it more fun.

“She never wanted any praise for it. Kara just wanted to do it to help and she has always been so caring.

“However, I felt it was something good for the community and hopefully it will raise awareness of what Robin House does for families in our area.

“I am so proud of all the girls because they did amazing and thank the sponsors because without them it would have achieved nothing.”

Kara told the Reporter: “I have worked in nurseries since I was 16 so children play a huge part in my life.

“Throughout the years I have worked with kids with additional support needs and disabilities and one day want to return to that line of work.

“I was determined to do something for the local community and really wanted to raise awareness of what Robin House does.

“I am so beyond proud of the girls. They have supported me week in and out and without them I don’t know where I would be, so a huge thank you goes to them.”