A MORPETH woman moved to the music to celebrate her 50th birthday – but it was far from your typical party.
After taking part in a charity Zumbathon in October, Heather Smith decided to organise this type of activity her the landmark occasion.
Lisa Oguona, who runs Zumba sessions at Energie Ladies Fitness, volunteered her services free of charge and Morpeth Methodist Church allowed her to book its hall with just a donation as it was a charity event.
Mrs Smith handed invites to family, friends, work colleagues and fellow Zumba members. Some of those taking part, including her husband and three sons, were doing the fitness exercises for the first time.
She raised £630 for St Oswald’s Hospice. It provides specialist care for people in the North East with progressive, life-limiting conditions.
“When I was thinking about what to do for my 50th birthday, I quickly realised that I wanted to have an event featuring music and dance but something different, not a big party with lots of presents and cards,” she said.
“I also decided to do the Zumbathon for a good cause, St Oswald’s Hospice, stemming from my mum giving it a donation following the death of my grandma to cancer in 1990.
“We had a fantastic afternoon and I’m thrilled with how much money was raised.
“Thanks to Lisa and her friend Beth for leading the Zumbathon, the Methodist Church, Norma Bell who did the coffees and Elizabeth Dixon for doing the cake stall.”
The total was helped by raffle prizes donated by friends and businesses, including Bin 21, Linden Hall, Rutherfords, The Cheese Shop and the town’s Costa Coffee branch.