A DANCE instructor will be getting people active in a charity zumbathon tomorrow in aid of her cousin.
Melanie Chaplin, of Bayswater Terrace, Skircoat, is holding it in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
Her cousin, Lucy Horner, 20, has the condition, which causes lungs and the digestive system to become clogged with mucus, resulting in chronic infections and difficulty asborbing food.
Lucy, who lives in Bury St Edmunds, and is godmother to one of Melanie’s three children, has to undergo a tough daily treatment of drugs and physiotherapy to clear the mucus.
Melanie, 40, said: “It’s such a horrid condition.
“I wanted do something to raise awareness and money for the cause.
“I hope as many people as possible will come along to the zumbathon.”
There is no cure for cystic fibrosis but research is ongoing into a new gene therapy.
Melanie added: “The CF Trust is funding ground-breaking gene therapy research which could stop the lung damage that claims so many young lives.
“This will prove whether or not this new treatment could work for people like my beautiful cousin, and others with the condition.
“It could be a real breakthrough for everyone who lives with CF every day.”
The zumbathon – a Latin-inspired dance fitness party – will take place tomorrow, Sunday December 4, from 11am to 1pm at Calderdale Dance Studio in Francis Street, Halifax.
Tickets are £10 on the door, or £8 pre-ordered.
Anyone can take part for as long as they wish for up to two hours.
Sponsor forms will also be avilable to collect.
To donate to the Gene Therapy Appeal visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/CysticFibrosisGeneTherapy-1.
Alternatively, text GENE06 plus the amount you wish to donate (£1,2,3,4,5 or 10) to 70070.