How did you get started?
‘I decided around last summer that I wanted to challenge myself to being physically and mentally well enough to be able to complete 4 hours of nonstop dance fitness… I’m definitely no runner (I can’t stand running) but I know that to complete a marathon in 4hrs is pretty amazing so I sort of created my own challenge by way of dancing it out! Plus I teach 4 very cool brands of dance fitness and wanted to incorporate those to make the event varied and fun!
I created the running order with the toughest class first, Totally Shredded – then came Konga from The Jungle Body, followed by the brilliant Clubbercise and we finished off with my very own Tribe ALL Fitness which is my own choreography I’ve created over the last 10 years of teaching group exercise.
I challenged each of my 40 participants to raise a minimum £100 for Little Lifts in the hope we may collectively hit the £5k mark.’
Why did you choose to support Little Lifts?
‘It’s no secret that I absolutely adore Little Lifts and as a beneficiary and a volunteer myself it was the perfect way to say thank you!’
What was the event like?
‘It took place in a quaint little village hall in Rickinghall in Suffolk, each participant received a surprise goodie bag I created for them with a special t shirt to remeber the day, some delicious boobie cookies donated by a fellow tribe member, make up and cosmetics from a local beauticians who wanted to support the event, pens, key rings and a personalised thank you card from me amongst other lovely bits. The event went really smoothly thanks to my team of helpers and we literally didn’t stop exercising for four hours!’
Can you describe it in three words?
‘Emotional, incredible, challenging!’
How does it feel to have completed such an incredible challenge and raised such an amazing amount of funds?
‘Well… I just couldn’t believe it when Rosa showed me the total – I was keeping everything crossed for £5k and to see an 8 at the start was such a shock, by the end of the event we’d hit £8741.00 and it’s still growing we are currently well over £8900. The reaction from everyone in the hall was just total shock and elation! It gives me goosebumps now thinking about it!’
How do you feel knowing the positive impact you have all
‘Very very emotional because the reality is… that every penny of that goes to create something wonderful for people affected by breast cancer and that means there are still so many cases occurring all the time… but the pride we all felt and continue to feel is enormous – I know many of the tribe have been contacted by people wanting to donate because they recieved and Box and felt so grateful for it that they are only too happy to give back… that’s all I’ve wanted to do really… to give back to you!’
Any other comments you would like to make as well as anything else you would like to say about Little Lifts?
‘Just – thank you so much! We are really pleased to have raised so much!!’