Zumbathon dancers find a colourful way to raise charity cash

Dancers at the Zumbathon outside Eastbourne Pier.
Dancers at the Zumbathon outside Eastbourne Pier.
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ZUMBA enthusiasts danced their way through a charity Zumbathon and helped raise almost £1,600 for an Eastbourne charity.

The event was organised by KayJay Zumba instructor Debra Stevens, who was also celebrating her 40th birthday, and hundreds of dancers from her regular classes across the town gathered at the Atlantis Nightclub on Eastbourne Pier on Saturday afternoon in 1980s dress for the two hour danceathon.

It was held to raise money for You Raise Me Up, the Eastbourne based charity set up by Jane and Fraser Brooks after their daughter Megan passed away unexpectedly last year just before her 18th birthday.

The charity provides practical, emotional and financial support for families who have lost teenagers and young adults unexpectedly and has already helped pay for the funerals of two young men who died locally.

Jane Brooks, who attended the zumbathon with other members of the charity, said, “It was a fantastic event and everybody enjoyed themselves. It was great to see so many people giving up their time on a Saturday afternoon for our charity and we want to thank them from the bottom of our hearts, especially the dancers, Debra and the Pier management. We are absolutely chuffed.”