ENERGETIC fundraisers have raised more than £1,600 for breast cancer care at the Borders General Hospital’s Cancer Centre.
The 23 zumba dancers in teacher Kay Race’s classes exercised for more than two hours in a ‘zumbathon’ that inspired £1,620 of donations.
Kay said: “It’s a phenomenal amount for a small number of participants but it speaks loudly of their generosity, energy and enthusiasm.
“Although I have been fortunate enough not to have had breast cancer, I think it’s something that most women dread and yet something we can all identify with in some way. I know women who have survived this disease and I wanted to contribute to a service where local women would benefit directly.”
The part-time NHS counsellor and psychotherapist teaches the Latin dance-inspired fitness programme classes in Coldstream, Norham and Cornhill.
Breast cancer survivor Pam Rudd, and one of Kay’s exercisers, said: “I enjoy going to the classes.
“We go to laugh and do it with a smile, but it’s also good for keeping fit and helping with improving bone density.”
Consultant John O’Neil said: “This is a very welcome donation and we’re very thankful. It will go towards improving services for breast cancer patients – including such things as equipment and transport to improve the experience they receive while being treated.”