200 dancers raise £9,200 for Alzheimer Scotland
Staff at eighteen Scottish Tesco superstores hit the floor in Ayr for a 12-hour Zumbathon and raised £9,200 in aid of Alzheimer Scotland.
More than 200 dancers and 11 Zumba Instructors stepped up the rhythm for the mega dance day to raise the vital money for the Scottish charity, which along with the Alzheimer's Society, is Tesco Charity of the Year.
The hope is to raise £5million, over the course of the Tesco partnership, to fund essential research and bring dementia information, advice and support to communities all over the UK, helping to build a better future for people with dementia.
The Zumbathon took place at Dansearena Studios in Ayr, after the studio donated the venue for free for the fundraising event. In addition, all Zumba instructors lead the day with no charge to the group.
Organiser and Personnel Manager at Tesco Auchinleck, Adele Winfield, says: "We were absolutely delighted to have raised so much money for the charity and had such fun doing so. We had such great support from all eighteen stores with some of us zumba dancing for four hours! The stiffness the next day was well worth it, though, and we know our money is going to such a worthwhile cause."
82,000 people in Scotland and it is expected that this figure will double within the next generation. Therefore, getting information and advice about dementia into Scotland's communities has never been more important.
Henry Simmons, Chief Executive for Alzheimer Scotland, says: "We would like to congratulate Adele and everyone involved in the Zumbathon. To attempt such a large scale event is, in itself, a great challenge and then to raise so much money in doing so is brilliant. It is fantastic seeing communities and stores come together, with the help of Tesco, to raise money for those affected by dementia in their local area. It is vital that we continue to work together to build a better future for people with dementia and ensure that there is plenty of information and support for these people no matter where in Scotland they are."