Yoga society makes fundraising events plea

By Courtney Stevens

RELAXING: members of the society at one of their weekly classes

Members of the De Montfort University yoga society are disappointed after finding out their funding was being pulled.

The society is planning on holding a bake sale and vintage clothes sale in the campus centre reception on Wednesday, March 16, to raise money for classes.

The society was set up in November 2020 and has been very popular with students since then.

Rebecca McDonald, the health and safety officer for the yoga society, said: “The society has brought in around 90 members over the last 18 months.

“The class size is less than this but is filled weekly showing students are willing to attend classes in the evening after lectures.”

The society has been able to put on free weekly classes for members from the beginning and is fundraising to keep these classes going.

Classes have been held twice a week over Zoom and in person after covid restrictions were lifted.

Rebecca described how she felt when she found out the society was no longer going to be receiving funding and highlighted the importance of yoga for the students.

“It was disappointing to know that we wouldn’t be receiving the funding as we like to keep the society affordable for students,” she said.

“It’s so important for students to have somewhere to go when they need to relax.

“Yoga is so good for mindfulness and mental well-being and students should be able to access this free of charge with a community of like-minded people.”

Alongside the bake sale and vintage clothes sale, the society has also set up a donation fund where members can donate £1 or £5, if they are able, to help with funding classes.