SHAKIN’ IT FOR CHARLOTTE!
Zumba marathon for stroke victim new mum
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 visit www.gofundme.com/charlottesjourney.
For a photo gallery of the event visit www.getbucks.co.uk.