First zumbathon for cancer charity

Cancer survivor Allan Hughes with St Thomas' Swimming Club and Scottish Bronze Squad member Sophie Buick (aged 13) encourage people of all ages to get involved in a forthcoming Aqua Zumbathon for Cancer Research UK.

Cancer survivor Allan Hughes with St Thomas' Swimming Club and Scottish Bronze Squad member Sophie Buick (aged 13) encourage people of all ages to get involved in a forthcoming Aqua Zumbathon for Cancer Research UK.

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ARBROATH’S first ever Aqua Zumbathon will see people splash out for Cancer Research UK.

People of all ages and fitness abilities are invited to take part in the special pool party with a purpose on Saturday, April 28 at Arbroath Sports Centre.

Among those set to salsa is 67-year-old cancer survivor Allan Hughes.

Allan is already a regular at the Sports Centre after he was referred there by his doctor.

And, as a regular participant in the gym-based Zumba class, the Latin inspired dance fitness craze, Allan is a good ambassador for the activity and is looking forward to his first ever Aqua Zumba class.

He said: “Zumba is such good fun. I love the music and I always have a good laugh when I go along. Anyone can do it and it’s something that people of all ages can enjoy. I’m really looking forward to taking part in a class in the pool.”

Allan has a very special reason to support Cancer Research UK.

The father-of-two has been battling Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma since 1997. Chemotherapy and radiotherapy followed his diagnosis and was successful for a time.

However, the cancer returned four years ago and Allan had to endure further treatment for the disease.

Allan, a retired security guard, added: “I know that Cancer Research UK scientists are working hard to try to beat cancer which is why I was keen to take part in the Aqua Zumbathon. I hope lots of other people across Angus will join me and help raise as much money as they can for what is such a worthwhile cause.”

The event in Arbroath has been organised by Angus Council Leisure Services in partnership with Scottish Swimming and Zumba Fitness.

The charity’s area volunteer manager for Angus, Richard Cowie, said: “We are really excited about this brand new fundraising event for Cancer Research UK and we hope the people of Arbroath and Angus will come along and join in the fun or sponsor someone who is taking part.

Arbroath Sport Centre’s Aqua Zumbathon starts at 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. and costs £5 which is payable on the day. All funds raised will go directly to Cancer Research UK. Please arrive at 10.30 a.m. to register.

To sponsor someone taking part in the event, visit www.justgiving.com/aquazumbathon.