Dancing cancer away in Sunderland

Claire Metcalf at her organised charity Zumba event at Hetton and District working mens club to help and raise money for the FACT charity.

Claire Metcalf at her organised charity Zumba event at Hetton and District working mens club to help and raise money for the FACT charity.

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A DANCE marathon was a toe- tapping success for a family of fund-raisers.

Claire Metcalfe, with help from friends and relatives, organised the three-hour long Zumba session to raise cash for cancer charity Fact (Fighting All Cancers Together).

The family dance event, which took place at Hetton Working Men’s Club and Institute on Saturday, raised about £1,500 for the charity, which helps people suffering from all types of cancer.

“It was hard work and emotional, but it was brilliant,” said Claire, 38, of South Hetton, who organised the fun day in honour of loved ones and friends who have had the disease.

“I gave a bit of a speech before we started and I cried.

“My dad, who is having treatment for prostrate cancer, was there, and everyone who attended has been affected by cancer in some way.”

Claire, and brother James Napper, 31, of Dumfries, led the Zumba class.

“It was fab,” she said. “A proper family day.

“We kept going for three hours, and people only stopped to have a drink or a quick rest.

“Everyone who came said that they enjoyed it, whether they took part or just watched.”

The fitness instructor also had help from brother George Napper, 40, of Perth, Australia, who designed posters to advertise the day, husband Tony, 40, daughters Chloe, 14, Hannah, 13, and mum and dad, Katherine Napper, 61, and James Napper, 62, of Hetton,

About 80 people attended the bash, which included raffles with prizes from local businesses,, and stalls selling food.

“I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who gave prizes, came along and donated,” said Claire.