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Holby City star Rosie Marcel thanks fans for support after devastating fire

"We will hopefully rise from the ashes."

Holby City star Rosie Marcel has thanked fans after sharing details of a fire that had destroyed her husband's gym.

The actress took to her Instagram on August 1 to address her followers who had supported plans to find a new space for the CrossFit gym in St Albans.

"Hi everyone, I just wanted to reach out and just say thank you so much for all of the incredible support we've received from everybody in the last week since the fire, from donations of £5 to insane donations of a thousand pounds which have been absolutely incredible," Marcel said in a video.

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"Those who couldn't donate have been unbelievably supportive with phone calls and letters and offers of supporting in other ways. We've had the council reach out and try to help us find a new venue, which has been amazing.

"I know that Daisy Cooper who is the local MP for St Albans is working hard as well with the council to try and find us some space."

Marcel added: "I just wanted to thank everybody who has had something incredibly kind to say or made a donation or just been there for us. You're all amazing people, thank you so much. Thank you to everybody on Instagram as well who sent me lovely messages and donated.

"You're all just fantastic. So we really, really appreciate you and watch this space. Hopefully we'll be able to, as some of you put it, rise from the ashes and create a new CrossFit in St Albans. Let's see. We might be able to get there, who knows."

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On July 25, the Jac Naylor star reposted a tweet including pictures of firefighters at work on the scene.

"And that's the end of CrossFit St Albans. My husband's gym. He worked his arse off for ten years on that business. I have never met anyone who worked so hard. Who tried so hard to make everything he does a success," she wrote.

"After I lost my job he has tirelessly continued to keep it afloat to support us. He brought that gym back from the brink after Covid and now it's gone. The staff without jobs.

"Thankfully no one was seriously hurt and the fire department managed to get everyone to safety."

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The following day, Marcel posted a video on her Instagram thanking all those who had reached out in the aftermath of the fire.

In 2021, BBC announced that Holby City would come to an end after 23 years to "reshape the BBC's drama slate to better reflect, represent and serve all parts of the country". The medical drama aired its last-ever episode in March this year.

Selected episodes of Holby City are streaming on BBC iPlayer.

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