08:12AM, Monday 23 April 2012
More than 100 women danced their way to fitness and raised money along the way in Windsor. A fundraising Zumbathon was held at Windsor Leisure Centre in Stovell Road, on Sunday (April 22).
It was organised by Ralph and Joy Cooper, to raise funds for the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association. It is a charity close to the couple's hearts as their son-in-law Michael Chandler has motor neurone disease.
About 150 woman took part in the event led by Zumba fitness instructor Denny Kidd. Former Dedworth butcher Ralph said: "We are absolutely over the moon. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed it, it was so wonderful that we could get so many people to support the charity. The response was just amazing."
He thanked Denny for all her work and the leisure centre for donating the hall to use free of charge.
Ralph and Joy are part of a newly-formed Windsor and East Berks group of the MND Association and it was the first event they had personally organised.
They are still totting up how much was raised towards research for a cure for the muscle-wasting disease.
Ralph, 65, added: "We want to raise awareness of the disease. There is no cure for this thing, it is always terminal. We are not going to save the world but if we can get just a bit more money put in, maybe, unfortunately not in my son-in-law's life, but maybe in 10, 20, 30 years time there may be something."
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