Bangor University Zumba

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Bangor University Zumba

TWO local Zumba instructors will be travelling to West Buckland this weekend to help host a fundraising ‘Zumbathon’ — and hope as many of their pupils as possible will travel to attend the event.

Bude area instructor Lisa Wood and Launceston area instructor Helen Degg are two of the four qualified instructors taking part in ‘Nicky’s Neon Zumba Party’ at West Buckland School this Sunday, April 10.

The other instructors taking part are Heidi Baker and Jane Osborn.

The Zumbathon is £7 entry, with no advance booking required. Participants must be over 14 and are asked to wear neon clothes. Doors open at 10.30am and the event finishes at 1pm.

There will be a luxury raffle and cake sale.

The Zumbathon is being held to help raise money for 33-year-old Nicky Vanstone. Mrs Vanstone, who lives at Bratton Fleming, received a diagnosis of terminal bowel cancer at the start of the year, which has spread to her liver.

She is undergoing chemotherapy, but has been told the chemotherapy will not cure her. She was told by an oncology specialist that without chemotherapy she might only have two or three months left to live.

Mrs Vanstone is looking into private treatments and trials abroad, and money raised would go towards this, and expenses such as travelling to appointments. The money will go to charity if it does not go toward private treatment.

Mrs Vanstone is married to Chris, who she met at West Buckland School, and they have a two-year-old daughter, Fern, and pet dog named Pasty.

She is a keen surfer, has travelled, taught in Kenya and Malawi, studied Psychology at Bangor University and was a children’s worker in a refuge, before more recently working as a play therapist after undertaking a postgraduate diploma.

She told the Post: “I’m fighting this as hard as I can — I’ve got so much to live for and hopefully I will be a medical miracle.”

The Zumbathon is being organised by Mrs Vanstone’s school friend, Kirsten Hilton, who is a PE teacher at Budehaven School, along with fellow friends Gemma Courtney, Lucy Rosenbaum, Sophie Yates, Claire Lynch and Naomi Loosemore, who all went to West Buckland School together.

Mrs Hilton said: “I just thought it would be really nice to do the fundraiser for Nicky. I’m just so hopeful that a lot of people do go.”

Zumba instructor Lisa Wood said: “I was definitely more than willing to help out. It’s only giving up a couple of hours of my time to help someone who’s poorly.

“Being a mum myself I just can’t imagine what Nicky’s going through.”


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