BREAST cancer survivor Karen Baird has raised more than £3,000 for a charity involved in research and education about the disease.
She raised over £1,900 when 100 fundraisers joined her in her two-hour zumbathon at Langlee Community Centre with the Fit Borders zumba team, led by owner Jocelyn Naylor earlier this month.
Mrs Baird, from Melrose, said: “Everyone dressed impressively in pink and went full out to support the day with two hours of energetic Zumba. I was even sponsored to get on stage and lead a newly choreographed set by Jocelyn to Gangnam Style. Much whooping was done, much fun was had and £1,920 was raised for Breakthrough.”
She explained the One Day campaign was launched by Breakthrough Breast Cancer earlier this year to encourage those who have had breast cancer to choose their special day and raise the £2,200 it costs to run the research unit based at the Western General in Edinburgh for one day.
“My special day is 26th June – the day we [she and her husband Martin] found out my cancer had not spread and our lives began again,” she said.
The zumbathon’s £1,920 boosted earlier donations to more than £3,000, and Mrs Baird said: “A massive thank you to all who took part, donated and sponsored.”