A FUND-RAISING stalwart has now raised almost £10,000 for charity.
Fitness instructor Maura Frith has raised more than £1,400 in the past month for charity - bringing her total for charity to £9,300.
Maura, who runs Zumba Sessions at Cheadle’s Guildhall, hosted a Birthday Zumbathon last Tuesday (August 20) which raised £550 for Cerebral Palsy Sport; and also raised more than £900 for the Donna Louise Hospice at her own 50th Birthday Party on Saturday evening.
Cheadle born and bred Maura said: “The recent Zumbathon went fantastic.
“We had a good turn-out and raised £550 for CP Sport.
“My birthday party on Saturday was also great. I told everyone I didn’t want any presents but donations for charity instead.
“We all had a really good night and raised more than £900 for the Donna Louise Hospice which was fab.”
Maura started fund-raising for charity when she began teaching Zumba at Cheadle’s Guildhall three years ago. She said: “Zumba has become so popular and I thought I would host a few Zumbathons for charity. We always have a theme like for my birthday one it was Punk.
“We have had eighties ones in the past and will be having a Rock and Roll themed Zumbathon in November.
“They are always great fun - we turn the main lights off in the hall and have disco lights so that everyone can just let their hair down and have a boogie.” The money Maura has raised over the past few years has been donated to a number of local and national charities and causes including schools, The Douglas MacMillan Charity, Children In Need and the Donna Louise Hospice.
She has also donated one week’s wages to Cheadle Hospital, who cared for her father before he passed away.
Maura was chosen to be one of the Paralympic Torch Bearers last year and has since purchased the Torch and uses it for fund-raising events.
Maura, who lives in Cheadle with her husband Paul, has been a fitness instructor for eight years, prior to which she worked in shops around Cheadle.
She said: “I would like to thank everyone who has supported me in my fund-raising. I have already booked three Zumbathons for next year - so the £10,000 mark is looking good.” Maura offers Zumba classes at The Guildhall in Tape Street, Cheadle on Tuesdays (6.30pm-7.30pm) and Fridays (6pm-7pm); as well as a ‘slower’ version of Zumba for the ‘more mature people’ and beginners on Tuesday afternoons at 2.30pm.