Zumbathon’s cash for sufferers

Zumbathon for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust held at Calderdale College, Halifax.
Zumbathon for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust held at Calderdale College, Halifax.

DOZENS of fund-raisers hit the dance floor for a zumba-thon in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

Dance instructor Melanie Chaplin, 40, of Bayswater Terrace, Halifax, organised the charity fitness session because her cousin Lucy Horner, 20, has the condition.

Lucy, who lives in Bury St Edmunds, has to undergo a tough daily treatment of drugs and physiotherapy to clear a build-up of mucus in the lungs, caused by cystic fibrosis.

Melanie decided to organise the two-hour zumbathon to boost the coffers of the trust, which is carrying out pioneering gene-therapy research into the condition. About 30 fitness fanatics went along to Calderdale College’s new dance studio in Francis Street on Sunday to take part.

Melanie said: “It went very well. Everyone enjoyed themselves and were very enthusiastic and worked hard.

“We’ve raised about £450 which is fantastic. The venue was absolutely brilliant as well.

“I’d like to thank the college for letting us have the room for the zumbathon.”

To donate to the trust’s gene therapy appeal visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/CysticFibrosisGeneTherapy-1.