On Sunday 19th October over sixty people put their best foot forward in a FitSteps Charity dance fitness class held at John Hanson School. Devised by Natalie Lowe, Ian Waite and Mark Foster, FitSteps allows you to dance like your Strictly Stars with no partners needed.
Fiona, from Dancefit, who runs weekly classes decided she wanted to raise money and awareness for two Charities, A.M.M.F and P.I.C.U. Fiona and others contacted local companies and asked for raffle prizes, and were overwhelmed with the response and support. On the day there was an array of cakes donated by people and loom bands on sale so children could be a part of the event.
Together with the class ticket sales, raffle, cakes and loom band sales, an outstanding £1202 was raised, all of which was divided up and donated equally to the two charities.
A.M.M.F (for Sue Sheppard) is the only registered charity in the UK working to raise funds for research into cholangiocarcinoma, a liver cancer occurring within the bile ducts. Sue’s husband Matt said, “What a brilliant event! An inspiring and fun afternoon, which was a fitting tribute to my wife’s memory. Sue would have loved it!! “
One local Mum, whose son was cared for in P.I.C.U said, “My son Archie has had two open-heart surgeries and just recently an emergency pacemaker fitted. After these operations, he was looked after by the P.I.C.U ward in Southampton. He was taken to PICU after each operation, where he was cared for around the clock. These doctors and nurses are amazing and without them we would not have Archie today. The Dancefit event has raised £601 for this charity, which is amazing and will go a long way to helping many children in P.I.C.U.”
Fiona said, “The event was so inspiring. Seeing how everyone pulled together to raise funds and awareness to these charities was inspirational. Like most charities, they rely heavily on fundraising. So, together with a massive support group, I have decided I want to make this an annual event”.
For more information, contact Fiona on: 07887964176
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