time to zumba as marathon effort is made for two local charities

Participants at the charity zumbathon event held in Sheffield Town Hall.                  Picture: Harry Atkinson

Participants at the charity zumbathon event held in Sheffield Town Hall. Picture: Harry Atkinson

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TWO Sheffield charities have been given a leg-up by local enthusiasts of zumba – the Latin-inspired dance fitness programme.

A two hour ‘zumbathon’ in the City Hall ballroom on Sunday raised £1,180 to be split between Cavendish Cancer Care, based in Broomhall, and Neurocare, based at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital.

About 170 dancers joined the event organised by ‘zumba sisters’ Siobhan Ratcliffe and Sarina Ratcliffe-Jones, who run classes in Sheffield, Rotherham and Worksop.

It was the fourth charity event of its kind, the first two being at Handsworth Community Sports College.

Siobhan said: “We were the first people teaching in Sheffield two-and- a-half years ago. Nobody knew what it was.

“Now it is absolutely massive.”