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Zumba fans prepare for six hour marathon at Doddington this weekend

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This Saturday (26) will see more than 20 people take part in a charity zumbathon - completing six hours of exercise and raising funds for a host of charities.

Flashback to last year's Zumbathon. (6645083)
Flashback to last year's Zumbathon. (6645083)

Among those taking part, at Doddington Village Hall, is Tracey Clark and her friend Kelly Pacey who with Sam Cunnington and two others will be completing the marathon work-out, led by Tanya Shepherd, for Papyrus.

Tracey explained they had chosen Papyrus, a mental health charity aimed at preventing suicide in young people because it is not so well-known but provides such important support.

She said: "Last year I did the Zumbathon for Great Ormond Street Hospital where my daughter has treatment for a congenital heart problem, but that is a well-known charity and is well-supported.

"This year I wanted to do it for a lesser known charity and decided on Papyrus. When you look into it you realise just how many young people die as a result of suicide. There have been a number in recent years in this area and we will be wearing t-shirts with the names of some of them.

"Other people will be doing it for various different charities, I know Tanya who leads the session is doing it for Headway."

Among the other charities supported is the Migraines Trust. Dawn Oldale and her friend Zoe Houldsworth are doing the event for this cause, which she says is close to her heart.

On her Justgiving page Dawn explains: "My daughter only age five and myself suffer from these horrific and awful attacks.I can’t imagine what my daughter must feel when this happens as I can honestly say they scare me and there’s not a day I don’t think about them . We have no warnings - so one minute we are OK, the next bang - hemiplegic migraine.

"Some of you may be thinking, that’s just a migraine headache so here’s just a little of what we go through. Hemiplegic migraine is a rare and serious type of migraine headache. Many of its symptoms mimic those common to stroke; for example, muscle weakness can be so extreme that it causes a temporary paralysis on one side of your body, which doctors call hemiplegia. Severe, throbbing pain, often on one side of your head

"A pins-and-needles feeling, often moving from your hand up your arm. Numbness on one side of your body, which can include your arm, leg, and half of your face. Weakness or paralysis on one side of your body. The stroke-like symptoms can range from worrisome to disabling. Unlike a stroke, they come on slowly and build and then may completely go away. Muscle problems usually go away within 24 hours, but they may last a few days. So please if you can sponsor us it would mean a lot."

Tracey concluded; "Six hours of zumba is not only exhausting, I can remember how my feet throbbed by the end last year, but is also very emotional too. I think last year we were all in tears because of the adrenaline and the thought of helping so many good causes."

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