A WIDNES woman is helping people relieve their lockdown boredom by hula hooping their way through it.

Amy Doyle, 29, who usually runs Hula Hula Fun classes in community centres in Runcorn and Widnes is now doing online classes via Zoom.

Explaining how this came to fruition she said: ""I was in the circus a couple of years ago for 10 months where I performed acts such as aerial hoop and stilt walking.

"I started the company up last June. I had previously done free events and people said I should make it more permanent."

She has also been on FM Wire this week talking about her classes after one of her 'hoopers' - a name given to one of her many members, tagged her on Facebook for people doing interesting things in lockdown.

The 30 minute classes cater for the novice to the more experienced and include things such as performing circuits, squats and sit ups.

But do you have to own a hula hoop? "No. I have adapted classes to use different things in the home. You can be flying around with cushions if you want to.

"I have an 82-year-old who comes to classes every week."

Circus skills workshops are also available - such as how to spin a plate to encourage families to have fun together.

She added: "I honestly love my job. I am so passionate about it. I enjoy helping people in the community. It's good because we are doing this in a small town and I have met some lovely people.

"Adults don't really play anymore and this is a great way to have fun and improve your mental health."

Amy works with different companies such as Well-being Enterprises in Halton who cover free sessions on social prescription and Elysium Healthcare in Widnes.

The cost of classes are £5 for pay as you go, £12.50 for three consecutive days or £4 per household wanting to get the kids involved.

They are online Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6pm and Sunday at 2pm with an extra tricks class at 2.45pm.

Anyone wishing to join in can do so by visiting the facebook page at: hulahulafun.