Zumbathon has raised £2,000 for charity

Zumba teacher Jenna Hiscock and friends
Zumba teacher Jenna Hiscock and friends
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A family day raised thousands of pounds in the fight against cancer.

The event at A & J Lawrence included a zumbathon which attracted about 30 enthusiastic people who were keen to twirl, dance and jump for hours on end.

Their selfless efforts helped raise vital funds for Stand Up to Cancer.

The session at the venue, in Kinard Centre, North Harbour Road, Cosham, Portsmouth, lasted for two-and-a-half hours, with only a short break half-way through.

Organiser Jenna Hiscock, who lives in Cowplain, says: ‘It’s an immensely long time for people to be dancing around.

‘The atmosphere was amazing and it was so high energy because everyone was so determined to do what they were raising money for.’

As previously reported in The News, Jenna lost her mother to lung cancer last year, which motivated her to raise money for a cancer charity.

She still has a family member who is battling the condition.

Jenna, 29, chose to raise money for Stand Up to Cancer because it funds research into finding a cure for different kinds of cancer.

‘Because I’m already a zumba instructor, I decided to try and take it upon myself and raise money that way,’ she says.

‘Cancer is such a big issue these days and everybody has been affected by it in some way.

‘It’s taking too many people too suddenly and too young.

‘I think everyone just wants to do as much as they possibly can.’

Jenna says she was really pleased to see the variety of people giving it a go.

‘It was really all ages taking part,’ she says. The youngest girl was five and we had ladies up in their 60s and 70s there as well.’

Speaking ahead of the fundraiser, Jenna said: ‘It’s important to me because the charity means a lot to my whole family.

‘I lost my mum to lung cancer last November and we have other family members who have died from the illness.’

The zumbathon followed a fun-filled family day which included kids games, face painting, stalls and a raffle with prizes donated by Portsmouth businesses.

Items included fruit and vegetables, beauty treatments, chocolates, wines amongst a variety of other things.

Though the exact amount of money is raised is not yet known, it’s expected to have raised in the region of £2,000.

‘I’m very honoured to be able to have done something for such a great cause that affects so many people in different ways,’ she says. Jenna plans to have another family day combined with a zumbathon early next year.