A zumba party in Newton has raised more than £700 for a charity which provides support services to children with cerebral palsy and their families.
More than 50 people took part in the Zumbathon at St Columba’s Church on February 26, to raise cash for the Stick ‘n’ Step charity.
The event was organised by Beckie Lawson, Dom Dainton-McElroy and Stephen Hannam.
Stephen’s sons, Jack, 10, and Oliver, nine, attend weekly conductive education sessions at Stick ‘n’ Step. Jack has cerebral palsy and his brother Oliver has hypermobility, both of which affect the boys’ motor skills, muscle strength and stamina.
With the help of Stick ‘n’ Step, the boys have received much-needed treatment and skills to boost their abilities. Stephen’s next challenge is the London Marathon.
The Zumbathon lasted two hours and saw participants dancing to a variety of music, from Latin beats to pop hits and rock classics, led by Zumba with Dom instructor Dominique who agreed to help out with the evening.
Stephen said: “The support we receive from the charity is priceless, and I want to be able to raise as much money as possible from the marathon run and any fundraising events. I would like to thank the people who came along to the Zumbathon, helping us raise money for such a great charity.”
Operations manager at Stick ‘n’ Step Sarah Smithson said: “We would like to thank everyone who took part or supported the Zumbathon and Stephen and the other organisers for creating such a great event. The money raised is fantastic and it is great to see so many people getting together to enjoy fundraising in such inventive and fun ways.”
Stick ‘n’ Step receives no government funding and relies on fundraising to cover annual running costs of £370,000. To support Stephen with his fundraising visit www.justgiving.com/SteH . For more information about Stick ‘n’ Step, visit www.sticknstep.org or call 0151 638 0888.