Zumba fans’ charity boost

Zumbathon organisers, breast cancer exercise specialist Cath Hopkinson and Zumba instructor Louise Ayre with bumper cheque for Breast Cancer Care
Zumbathon organisers, breast cancer exercise specialist Cath Hopkinson and Zumba instructor Louise Ayre with bumper cheque for Breast Cancer Care
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ZUMBA enthusiasts danced their way through an energetic charity fundraiser held in Garstang in aid of breast cancer care.

Local instructors Louise Ayre, Cath Hopkinson, Steve Marsden, Claire McCarthy and Julia Rice organised a two-hour fitness party to help raise awareness of the disease and cash to fight it.

Garstang Community Academy kindly gave permission to stage the marathon event at its base and the event raised near to £750.

The instructors each led a sequence which saw around 80 people shimmy and shake their way through a bumper two hours of the dance fitness programme.

The event was particularly poignant for instructor Julia, who herself was diagnosed with the disease last year.

Louise, who teaches zumba at the academy, said: “People just kept coming and coming. We were slightly worried we were going to run out of space, but the atmosphere was amazing. Everyone had a great time.

“We had loads turning out and paying £10 on the door – and a special thanks to Elaine Seed who gave a very generous donation on the day.”

Instructor Cath Hopkinson, a breast cancer exercise specialist, said the day had been an important one for raising awareness and had really caught the imagination of those who took part.

“One group of girls turned out in fancy -dress and were dubbed the ‘zumbarettes’ and ‘the boys’ from Garstang FC, also came to do their bit for the cause,” she said.

“All made a real effort, it was great to see boys, girls, people of all ages turning up to give it a go.”

“There isn’t anybody who hasn’t been touched by cancer some way through family or friends and it was just such a great event.”

l For more on Cath’s work visit the website www.pinkribbonpilates.co.uk