Zumba cash for breast cancer

Borders residents have danced their way towards raising more than �1,600 for the Borders General Hospital's Cancer Centre to go towards breast cancer care.'' ''Kay Race's 'Zumba Class' of 23 participants recently carried out Zumba Fitness routines for more than two hours as part of 'sponsored 'Zumbathon' and raised �1,620 towards breast cancer. Left to Right: June Denham - Clinical Nurse Specialist Breast Cancer; Dr John Rainey ' Consultant Surgeon; Kay Race ' Zumba Instructor; Pam Rudd ' Zumba participant; Dr John O'Neil - Consultant
Borders residents have danced their way towards raising more than �1,600 for the Borders General Hospital's Cancer Centre to go towards breast cancer care.'' ''Kay Race's 'Zumba Class' of 23 participants recently carried out Zumba Fitness routines for more than two hours as part of 'sponsored 'Zumbathon' and raised �1,620 towards breast cancer. Left to Right: June Denham - Clinical Nurse Specialist Breast Cancer; Dr John Rainey ' Consultant Surgeon; Kay Race ' Zumba Instructor; Pam Rudd ' Zumba participant; Dr John O'Neil - Consultant

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.”