Latin rhythms drum up cash

The participants of the Ponteland Zumba jam and organisers of the Ponteland Zumba jam present a cheque to the Ponteland Memorial Hall committee.
The participants of the Ponteland Zumba jam and organisers of the Ponteland Zumba jam present a cheque to the Ponteland Memorial Hall committee.

A GROUP of residents moved their body to the beat to raise more than £2,000.

Danny McDougall started teaching Zumba, a Latin-inspired dance fitness programme, at Ponteland Memorial Hall in November.

To help the building’s fund-raising drive to make improvements, he ran a two-hour Zumba Jam. A total of 70 people from a range of ages took part.

Ponteland residents Carolyn Clayton, Ruth Craig and Victoria Newton organised a raffle for which more than 50 prizes were donated by shops and businesses.

Paramount Windows and Conservatories matched the value of the ticket sales in sponsorship, which totalled £680, and Muckle LLP Solicitors donated £250.

Mr McDougall said: “I was happy to help with the Memorial Hall fun-raising as it’s an important building that is used for a range of activities, and the event was a big success.

“We were delighted with the turnout as people from the class brought their friends and others turned up to give it a go.

“Holding the classes in a community centre rather than a specialist fitness building helps to bring people along because they are likely to have been there before for an event or party.

“Zumba offers all the flavours and excitement of Latin music and dance and whilst it keeps people fit, the emphasis is on enjoying yourself.”

A cheque for £2,068 was presented to the Chairman of the Memorial Hall Committee Eric Marshall.

Classes are held on Mondays from 8pm to 9pm and Wednesdays from 6.45pm to 7.45pm.