Zumba lovers will be raising the roof in more ways than one when they take part in a fundraiser in aid of their parish church tomorrow.
Members of Julie Austin’s Harpley zumba group will be shaking and shimmying their stuff down the aisles of the village’s St Lawrence’s Church in a bid to raise money to repair the church roof.
The church’s tiled chancel roof has been in need of restoration for some time, and repairs are also needed to the roofs on its north and south aisles and porch following the theft of thousands of pounds worth of lead last November.
But, although many churches in the area have received grant funding, Harpley missed out so now the community is doing all it can to help.
Mrs Austin, who usually holds her Zumba class in the village hall, came up with the idea of moving the class to the church for a special, one-off charity ‘Zumba Down The Aisles’ event to help support the campaign.
The session is taking place tomorrow from 11am until noon, and everyone is welcome to join in the fun.
Mrs Austin is excited for the event which she expects “will all be a bit of fun and a good giggle”.
“The more people, the merrier,” she said.
It is the first time the church has seen such an event, and Mrs Austin knows that it will be a challenge to set up.
She said: “There will be people down the back, through the aisles, and all over the place.”
In the past Mrs Austin has taken part in a couple of successful zumbathons to raise money for good causes, including the Harpley and Rudham Schools and the Harpley Play Group.
She added: “It’s always fun for the whole family.”
Places in the event will cost £5 per person, or if children want to join in, the cost is £7.50 per family.
Hot drinks and cakes will also be available to replace those burnt calories or for those watching from the sidelines.