Dance the night away for children’s charity

Pictured from left: Emma Hawksford (Zumba instructor), Emily Wilson (organiser) and Pam Bonnick (Zumba class member).
Pictured from left: Emma Hawksford (Zumba instructor), Emily Wilson (organiser) and Pam Bonnick (Zumba class member).
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A charity Zumbathon has been organised to help raise the funds needed by Lancaster children’s charity Unique Kidz and Co for a new centre of excellence.

Heysham resident Emily Wilson is organising the Zumbathon.

Emily works for the NHS in the Lancaster community, and was professional dancer.

The event will take place on Friday, August 9 from 6-9pm at Salt Ayre Leisure Centre.

Emily regularly attends Zumbathon classes at Salt Ayre run by Zumba instructor and dance teacher Emma Hawksford from Heysham.

Emily said: “Each year Emma does a charity Zumbathon event and we in her classes get to choose which charity we will raise funds for.

“In the past we have held Zumbathons for large national charities like Children in Need.

“I suggested doing this year’s event to raise funds for Unique Kidz and Co because I know they are a great local charity which really supports disabled children and their families.

“There isn’t a charity like them in the area and I have worked with disabled children in previous jobs so I understand how hard it is for families to get suitable childcare.

“When I heard that Unique Kidz and Co have just started fundraising for a new centre in Lancaster I really wanted to help them.”

More than 200 people are expected to attend the Zumbathon, which is open to everyone.

Emily added: “Everyone can do as much or as little as they feel they want to.

“Although the Zumbathon lasts three hours we don’t expect everyone to do the full three hours.

“Anyone who wants to join us can just turn up on the night.”

Sainsbury’s Morecambe, which has chosen Unique Kidz and Co as its Charity of the Year, will be providing bottled water for all those taking part to keep everyone hydrated for the challenge.

The cost for the Zumbathon is £3 per person and all proceeds will go to Unique Kidz and Co, who have just received planning approval from Lancaster City Council for a new premises at Lancaster Leisure Park.

Also raising funds for Unique Kidz and Co is a team of 10 led by Ellen Smith from Lancaster, who have entered the Total Warrior event at Shap on August 3.

The six mile obstacle challenge includes crawling through tunnels, climbing 7ft walls and crossing electric fences.

To celebrate their hopefully safe return from the challenge, there will be a party with live singer, David Dee, and a raffle with fabulous prizes at The Royal Hotel in Bolton-le-Sands that evening

Jane Halpin, co-founder of Unique Kidz and Co, said: “We have launched a fundraising campaign to raise the £200,000 now needed to equip and furnish the new centre which is planned to open in early 2014.

“The support of businesses and the community will be vital to raising the funds needed to do this so we want to thank everyone involved in these two events for their support in helping us to achieve this.”