An enthusiastic flash mob surprised shoppers in the town centre this lunchtime with an impromptu dance routine to raise awareness of the upcoming Race for Life event.
Jazzercise instructor Keri Donnellan and 16 class members strutted their stuff in Market Square to inspire women to sign up for Cancer Research UK’s 5k race at Waddesdon Manor on May 18.
Keri, who oversees classes in Bucks, Beds and Herts, said: “Cancer touches so many people and that’s why we feel so passionately about rallying women of all ages to the cause.
“We want to help kick cancer into touch by taking part in Race for Life and raising as much money as possible to help save lives.”
The race on May 18 will take place in the picturesque grounds of the National Trust property, and organisers are hoping 1,800 will take part and raise more than £122,000 for life-saving research into a cure for cancer.
Race manager Simon Burley said: “The flash mob routine is a fun and eye-catching way to demonstrate the emotion and energy for Race for Life, which is so tangible at our events but almost impossible to put into words for people who have never taken part before. We hope shoppers saw the dance and be galvanised into action.”
Though only women are allowed to enter the race, Simon stressed that men have a huge part to play on the day too.
Simon said: “We are urging them to step forward as volunteers and play a key role in making this event happen.”
Last year’s race at Waddesdon saw more than 1,600 women take part to unite against cancer and raise more than £110,000 in the process.
The race is non-competitive, so it doesn’t matter how fit or fast you are. Simon said: “Taking part is about joining together against a disease that affects all of us. You can walk the route, run it, jog it or even dance your way round if you prefer.”
To enter, visit www.raceforlife.org or call 0845 600 6050.