Fitness fanatics in Burton can get involved in a two-hour Zumbathon and it's all for charity. At the age of 50, Gill Hughes is a walking example that Zumba is for anyone, no matter what their age.

Mrs Hughes runs her own Zumba classes in Barton and Marchington every week, and now is wanting to raise the bar, as well as raising money for charity.

She has teamed up with best pal Mel Ashmore to raise money for the cancer units at Burton's Queen's Hospital and Royal Derby Hospital, so that the good work to treat patients there can continue for years to come.

She said: "Zumba is for all ages and abilities, rather you think you have two left feet or could appear on BBC's Strictly. I'm just a regular person who loved to move to great music. It is after all, great for the mind, body and soul."

Gill runs Zumba classes every week

Zumba incorporates dance and aerobic moves including hip-hop, salsa and the mambo, all performed to energetic music. It has been estimated that there are 15 million people worldwide that take part in Zumba classes every week.

The pair have been supported by Burton-based Fuse4, a small creative design company that has designed posters and invitations for the event to help the pair gather more attention.

Mrs Hughes added: "It should be a nice, fun Sunday morning. It's also when the clocks go back and I can't think of a better way to spend the extra hour than jumping about to music and raising money for charity!"

The Zumbathon will take place between 10am and noon on Sunday, October 29 at Shobnall Leisure Centre, in Shobnall Road, Burton.

Anyone is welcome to attend, and they can take on the challenge for the full two hours, or just join in for small sections throughout the marathon. Organisers are asking for a donation of a minimum of £5 to join in the challenge.

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