Dance yourself fit for charities

Jessica Turner
Jessica Turner

Aylesbury Vale Academy will come alive with the sound of music and feet on Saturday, at a five-hour non­-stop charity Zumbathon.

All ages are welcome at the exercise epic in aid of Child Bereavement UK and Thomley, and dancers can join in for as long or as little as they wish between noon and 5pm.

Get sponsored for your efforts or pay £10 on the door (children and spectators £5).

Personal trainer aNika Bass, who is one of the dance instructors on the day, has taught the Latin-­inspired workouts since 2010.

She said: “The day will be fun, energetic and full of laughter, catering for all ages and abilities.

“Gents are welcome too. Zumba Fitness was created by a man and most of the tracks are choreographed by him.”

The day is being held in memory of Jessica Turner, pictured above, who drowned in 2008 when she was 21 months old, and Kai Smith who died during an epileptic seizure in 2014, aged 12.

Jessica and Kai’s mothers, Carolyn and Vikki, have organised the event to raise awareness and funds for the two charities that provided support to their families.

Child Bereavement UK supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying or when a child is facing bereavement.

Thomley is a centre that brings disabled people, their families, carers and friends together with experienced and nurturing staff who understand their needs, catering for all ages and abilities.

Refreshments and a raffle will be available at the Zumbathon.

For more information or for sponsorship forms, email or call 07535 877613.