For a young girl with cystic fibrosis, life so far has consisted of hospital visits - but thanks to an act of kindness, a group of people are taking part in a Zumbathon to raise money for a £7,000 life-saving physio vest that will help her breathe.
At five weeks old, Alivia Bostock was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis - a life-shortening genetic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system and results in chronic infections and inflammation in the lungs.
Since then, the three-year-old has been in and out of hospital and has spent four weeks in hospital this year alone.
Mum Zoe Bostock, of Halifax, said: “She has been through a lot since February.
“Her veins collapsed so the doctors couldn’t put the tube in and had to operate when she was admitted to hospital last time.
“The vest will help all of us. It will lessen all of the mucus and she will be able to bring it up a lot easier.”
Zumba teacher Julie Goodwin will hold a two-hour Zumbathon this Sunday (August 4) at the Arden Road Social Club, Halifax, from 12.30pm and the Zumbathon itself will start at 2pm.
The fundraising event will have stalls including face painting, raffles, a cake stall and others.
Julie, a Zumba instructor at Pure Gym, said: “When I saw Alivia and how she was, I had to do something for her.
“People are not aware of cystic fibrosis so I want to help bring awareness.”
Zoe and her family have got £2,500 to put towards the physio vest so far but are hoping that the event this weekend will help raise a bit more.
Anyone that would like to donate prizes or cakes, or to sponsor dancers, are asked to attend on Sunday or contact Julie Goodwin on 07837 763098.
More information is on the Facebook event ‘Zumbathon for cystic fibrosis in aid of Alivia’s fundraising appeal.’