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HARD WORK  A mega Zumbathon was held at Priory School in Southsea to raise funds for the Tom Prince Cancer Trust. Kim Elliott with her granddaughter Darcy Elliott. Picture: Malcolm Wells (131490-7154)
HARD WORK A mega Zumbathon was held at Priory School in Southsea to raise funds for the Tom Prince Cancer Trust. Kim Elliott with her granddaughter Darcy Elliott. Picture: Malcolm Wells (131490-7154)

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THEY pushed their bodies to the limit as they took part in a five-hour zumba class.

But it was all worth it in the end as hundreds of pounds was raised for the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.

Jade Armstrong is a fully-qualified zumba teacher and organised the event.

She knew Pompey fan Tom and used to go to school with him at Priory in Southsea, where the event was held.

She said: ‘I grew up with Tom. I wanted to do something to help out with the Trust.

‘I qualified in zumba last year and I love doing it so I thought why not do five hours of it – as crazy as that sounds. It just seemed like the perfect time.’

The zumbathon started at 12.30pm and went right through until 5.30pm on Saturday, with Jade only stopping for a banana break to give herself a boost of energy.

Around 50 people turned up to take part.

Jade said: ‘It was great fun, I loved it. It was exhausting, especially in the last hour.

‘I started feeling my body crying out for help.’

More than £250 was raised for the charity.

Jade added: ‘What an amazing charity. They have done so well.

‘It’s such a good way to help the family grieve – to put the grieving aside in a sense and focus on something positive.’

The Tom Prince Cancer Trust was set up by the 16-year-old’s family after he died of bone cancer osteosarcoma.

The family want to raise £1m for research into the disease.

Tom’s dad Clinton Prince added: ‘Jade is a wonderful girl. She was a good friend of Tom’s.

‘We have never done this before. At the end of it there’s a good bit of excitement and it’s a fantastic way to lose weight for a good cause.’