Sunderland Zumbathon in memory of cot death baby

Promoting the 4Alfie Zumbathon which will take place in Venue, High Street West, Sunderland on Sunday 22nd April. Left to right; Kayleigh Solomon, Faye Bell, Sarah Naylor and Jo Buckley.
Promoting the 4Alfie Zumbathon which will take place in Venue, High Street West, Sunderland on Sunday 22nd April. Left to right; Kayleigh Solomon, Faye Bell, Sarah Naylor and Jo Buckley.
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PULL on your trainers and get moving for a good cause.

That’s the invite from the 4Alfie charity, which is hosting a mass Zumbathon in Sunderland city centre.

The aim of the three-hour dance event is to raise funds for the charity which helps those affected by cot death.

It’s named after founder Kayleigh Solomon’s son Alfie who died from the condition when he was just five weeks old. She now juggles being a mum-of-two to Aaron, six, and Astin-Rene, six months, with creating keepsake boxes filled with mementoes for those families who experience the trauma of cot death.

Kayleigh, 24, of Ford Estate, said: “Me and a friend do Zumba and we thought a Zumbathon would be a great way of raising money for the charity. It’s also quite big at the minute so we thought it would be something people would enjoy taking part in.”

The Zumbathon will be led by instructors Jo Buckley, Sarah Naylor and Faye Bell and is aimed at everyone from total novices to experts.

Kayleigh, a care worker, said: “Anyone is welcome to come along. The cost is £5 to enter.”

The event will take place on April 22 from 1pm at Venue, formerly Ku Club, in High Street West.

Kayleigh suffered every mum’s worst nightmare when her beloved son Alfie died at just five weeks old in 2009. She woke one morning and discovered Alfie wasn’t breathing and, despite husband Shaun’s best attempts to resuscitate the baby, there was nothing that could be done to save their little boy.

A post-mortem examination revealed that Alfie was a victim of cot death, which is the sudden death of a baby for no obvious reason.

Kayleigh said: “Millions of pounds of research is carried out each year, but cot death is still unexplained.”

However, raising Alfie’s brothers and fund-raising for 4Alfie is helping to ease the family’s pain.

Containing a moulding kit for baby’s hands and feet, a guardian angel and teddy bears, the 4Alfie boxes are inspired by the 4Louis charity which is already helping scores of families in the region affected by still birth.

l For more details visit www.4alfie.org or contact Kayleigh on tel. 075331 52907.

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