Zumbathon charity event for breast cancer care at BGH

Borders residents have danced their way towards raising more than �1,600 for the Borders General Hospital's Cancer Centre. June Denham, Dr John Rainey, Kay Race, Pam Rudd, and Dr John O'Neil with the Zumbathon cheque
Borders residents have danced their way towards raising more than �1,600 for the Borders General Hospital's Cancer Centre. June Denham, Dr John Rainey, Kay Race, Pam Rudd, and Dr John O'Neil with the Zumbathon cheque

Borders residents have danced their way towards raising more than £1,600 for the Borders General Hospital’s Cancer Centre to go towards breast cancer care.

Kay Race’s ‘Zumba Class’ of 23 participants recently carried out Zumba Fitness routines for more than two hours as part of ‘sponsored ‘Zumbathon’ and raised £1,620 towards breast cancer.

Kay, a part-time NHS Counsellor and Psychotherapist, also teaches Zumba, a Latin dance-inspired fitness program with classes in Coldsteam, Norham and Cornhill.

She said: “Although I have been fortunate enough not to have had breast cancer, I think it’s something that most women dread and yet something we can all identify with in some way. I know women who have survived this disease and I wanted to contribute to a service where local women would benefit directly.”

Having been a Zumba instructor since October 2011, Kay says she wanted to harness the enjoyment and enthusiasm of class members to raise money for breast cancer.

“The money raised is a phenomenal amount for a small number of participants but it speaks loudly of their generosity, energy and enthusiasm. “I’m proud to have them in my class,” said Kay. “Everyone had a great time and, although tired, went home on a ‘Zumba high’.”

Pam Rudd, a member of Kay’s class who has had breast cancer said: “I enjoy going to the classes. We go to laugh and do it with a smile, but it’s also good for keeping fit and helping with improving bone density.”

Consultant John O’Neil said: “This is a very welcome donation and we’re very thankful for it. It will go towards improving services for breast cancer patients - including such things as equipment and transport to improve the experience they receive while being treated.”