Newport fitness challenge raises cash for Luca

South Wales Argus: IN STEP: Fundraisers at the chairity Zumbathon at the Beaufort Centre, Newport, move to the beat in aid of the For Luca appeal IN STEP: Fundraisers at the chairity Zumbathon at the Beaufort Centre, Newport, move to the beat in aid of the For Luca appeal

FUNDRAISERS went for the burn when Newport’s Beaufort Centre hosted a three-hour exercise marathon in aid of the For Luca appeal.

Moira Martin and Deborah Williams kicked off the day’s activities with a ‘kettleathon’ at noon, followed by Zumba from 1pm-3pm by Moira, Jodi Collins, Mandy Knight and Sophie Leyshon.

The event was being held to raise money for Luca Williams, three, from Newport, who lost his legs to meningoccal septicaemia.

It is hoped that it will raise more than £400.

Luca’s family, friends and supporters hope to raise £1.5 million to pay for special prosthetics for him, not available through the NHS.

Luca’s aunt, Naz Syed, who attended Saturday’s event, said: “This is amazing, I’m overwhelmed. Everything helps the appeal.”

Moira Martin, one of the event organisers, said: “We have no money target today as everything helps, but one lady has raised more than £150 already.”

Raffle prizes on the day included Sainsbury’s vouchers, fish and chips from Alonzi’s Fish Bar and a cake from the Beaufort Centre itself.

“Everyone is giving their time for free,” said Ms Martin. “It touches everybody somehow.

My daughter has had meningitis twice and I just think, people could have been doing this for me, we’re just grouping together and trying to get everybody here.”

Home-made cup cakes and biscuits were sold on the day by Gemma Brown, and sports massages were offered free to those taking part in Zumba by trained masseur Chris Woods

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