Zumba marathon for stroke vic­tim new mum

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: @Camil­la_Good­man

DOZENS took part in a dance marathon at the week­end that raised thou­sands for a first-time mother who had a mas­sive stroke af­ter giv­ing birth to twins.

Sarah Dow­man, who teaches Zumba at Che­sham Leisure Cen­tre and The Chiltern Pools, in Amer­sham, or­gan­ised a Zum­bat­hon to help her sick friend on the road to re­cov­ery.

More than 80 peo­ple went along to the three­hour fundraiser at Che­sham Leisure Cen­tre, in White Hill, Che­sham, on Sun­day (Nov 15).

Nine lo­cal Zumba in­struc­tors gave up their time free of charge to sup­port the Zum­bat­hon as well as lo­cal DJ Jeremy Broadis. Busi­nesses also do­nated prizes for a tombola and peo­ple also baked items for a cake sale at the event.

The event was held in aid of Char­lotte Fair­lie, 34, who Miss Dow­man went to Tring Park School for the Per­form­ing Arts with.

Shortly af­ter giv­ing birth to her ea­gerly awaited twin boys, Fox and Teddy, Mrs Fair­lie suf­fered from a mas­sive stroke.

The stroke was so dev­as­tat­ing she was left with no mem­ory of her wed­ding and could not re­mem­ber be­ing preg­nant.

Fur­ther com­pli­ca­tions led to a blood clot on her brain, fol­lowed by two brain bleeds. Against all odds, she sur­vived and has spent the last eight months in hos­pi­tal.

Mrs Fair­lie, who has been left with right sided paral­y­sis and brain dam­age, has re­cently re­turned home, and her friends and fam­ily are try­ing to raise as much money as pos­si­ble, at least £40,000 to help her tran­si­tion back into home life and con­tin­ued re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

Sun­day’s event raised £3,250 for Char­lotte’s Jour­ney.

Miss Dow­man is over­whelmed by the sup­port.

She said: “The fan­tas­tic spirit of the com­mu­nity has helped Char­lotte on her jour­ney and we are so truly touched by ev­ery­one’s gen­eros­ity.

“A huge thank you to DJ Jeremy Broadis who did an out­stand­ing job and gave up his time to sup­port this event.

“Thank you to Che­sham Leisure Cen­tre for pro­vid­ing us the space free of charge.

“Thank you to our amaz­ing tombola donors who’s ef­forts got us to an un­be­liev­able to­tal.

“A mas­sive thank you to the Zumba com­mu­nity for pulling to­gether and danc­ing their socks off and do­nat­ing their time.

“And thank you to Mimi Harker [chair­man of Chiltern Dis­trict Coun­cil] for at­tend­ing and giv­ing some in­spi­ra­tional words to us all. It’s very poignant with re­cent events that we pull to­gether as a com­mu­nity. That’s ex­actly what hap­pened on Sun­day. Peo­ple hap­pily united and gave their time for a cause that has really moved them.”

To do­nate to Char­lotte’s Jour­ney visit­lottesjour­ney.

For a photo gallery of the event visit

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