Purple plaudits for charity Zumbathon

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Saturday’s Hope for Life Zumbathon at Langlee Community Centre, Galashiels, surpassed the expectations of organiser Karen Baird.

The fledgling charity, based in Melrose, raised almost £3,000 of funds, which will be used to make available alternative therapies for cancer sufferers who would otherwise not be able to afford them.

Karen told us: “Fitborders owner Jocelyn Naylor led the event and also choreographed a special Hope for Life anthem dance to ‘Bring me Sunshine’, performed with her team of instructors which included myself.

“Ninety-six people of all ages came and participated in the event, embracing the theme of the day wearing purple and raising the roof for two hours of Zumba dance fitness, with loads of fun and laughter.”

The total was raised from ticket sales, donations, cake stall, a raffle and a quiz.

Karen added: “This is an amazing amount of money which allows me and the Hope for Life board of directors to start putting into work the vision and aims of this new charity to deliver exercise and alternative therapies to those post cancer diagnosis in the Borders.”