Sheringham woman’s Zumbathon in Fakenham for a special cause

It is a dance and fitness craze that has captured the imagination of thousands of people.

And on Sunday, dozens of ladies will be doing Zumba for three hours - drawing their inspiration from a courageous Norfolk youngster who died from a brain tumour at the age of 12.

The members of Sarah Taylor's dance class are taking part in the Zumbathon at Fakenham Community Centre from 10am-1pm to raise money for the charity Rebecca's Wishes.

It was set up in the wake of the death of Fakenham youngster Rebecca Fairhead in 2005, using �250 of the brave child's savings, which she pledged to kick-start the fund that provides treats and holidays for children with cancer.

Ms Taylor, from Hannah Close, Sheringham, runs Zumba classes at High Kelling village hall, St Andrew's church hall at Holt, Fakenham Community Centre, Litcham High School dance studio and Cromer Tennis Club.

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She said: 'I was thinking of doing a Zumbathon and wasn't sure which charity to choose. I mentioned it to one of my ladies, who works at Barclays Bank in Fakenham.

'I told her I wanted a small charity, and she mentioned Rebecca's Wishes, which really touched me.

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'Most of us have a lifetime to create memories with our children. When cancer strikes, it's important to create those memories in a short space of time.'

She added: 'I love Zumba. It's so much fun. We just get together and have a good giggle. It's for people of all ages and all fitness levels.'

Ms Taylor said Barclays Bank at Fakenham had agreed to match all funds raised up to �750, while a host of local businesses and organisations had donated items for a raffle and tombola on the day.

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