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Branston £100,000 fund-raiser is still going strong

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 26, 2014

By Rob Smyth

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A WORLD-RENOWNED fitness instructor has revealed she has generated more than £100,000 for charity.

Champion fund-raiser Linda Odell told the Mail she had helped raise funds for various good causes including Children in Need and Cystic Fibrosis over several years.

She has done it while working a variety of jobs including school teacher, training more than 45,000 fitness instructors, and is now plying her trade as a business development manager.

Her most recent success story was as a prime mover with Branston Golf and Country club captain Philip Gill in Branston Club's Strictly Come Dancing events that raised more than £11,000 for the Burton Breastcare Fund.

She said: "Next I'm planning a 'Stars in Their Eyes' glittering evening to support this year's golf captain's Canine Partners charity fund-raising effort.

"When I retire I fancy sailing the high seas, lecturing on how to raise money for charity while enjoying yourself."

Linda trained in sport at Sussex University before teaching in Hampshire and moving to Burton, where she held management and regional training positions for a number of health clubs,

She then spent 15 years working for Reebok, becoming a world tutor, gaining industry awards as instructor of the year and business person of the year.

During a stint as a world aerobics judge at America's Universal Studios she rose to stardom using the dressing room of actor LeVar Burton, best known as the young Kunta Kinte in Roots and for his role in Star Trek.

Mrs Odell is credited as choreographer of the much acclaimed Boxacise exercise programme, and was responsible for the first ever exercise to music teacher training programme.

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