Friends get ready to Zumba in honour of Chris

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AN energetic charity fundraiser will take place in memory of a popular Morpeth man.

The charity Zumbathon will be held at the Riverside Leisure Centre on Saturday in honour of Christopher Scott, who lived in the town for most of his life.

Mr Scott suffered from cancer for three years before he died on December 14 last year.

His sister Melanie has organised the memorial event, which will also include a raffle. All proceeds from the day will go to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, which focuses on the early detection and treatment of cancer and the clinical trials of new drugs.

Miss Scott said: “I wanted to do something based around healthy living and as more and more people are getting into zumba, I thought this event would be a great way to get the community together for a good cause.

“One of the local zumba instructors Beth Smylie went to the same school as my brother and she was delighted to help out.

“We’re grateful to the leisure centre for allowing us to use it free of charge and we’ve had support from local businesses, as well as donations for raffle prizes, Price’s fruit and veg shop is providing oranges and Morrisons is giving us some juice.”

Mr Scott received chemotherapy after he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, but he died after complications following a bone marrow transplant.

He was husband to Donna and godfather to Miss Scott’s son Xavier.

“Chris was very positive throughout his illness and he was more bothered about how other people were doing,” said Miss Scott.

“Part of the reason for choosing the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation was Chris’ passion for Newcastle United.

“At his funeral, everyone wore black and white and the flowers and casket were also that colour. Donations to the charity were made in lieu of flowers and more than £1,000 was collected.”

Saturday’s event will take place between 1.30pm and 3.30pm, registration is from 1pm and minimum entry is £5, which includes refreshments. The minimum age requirement is 15.

For more information telephone Miss Scott on 07854 238857.