Zumba booster for RSPCA shelter

PUBLISHED: 09:38 22 October 2011

Michele Giles leads the zumba session at RSPCA Southridge

Michele Giles leads the zumba session at RSPCA Southridge


THEY wiggled, they giggled, they shimmied, they sashayed... all to raise money for charity.

More than 150 Zumba fans turned up at Mount Grace School in Potters Bar for a fun-filled two-hour charity session.

The event was organised by Michele Giles, of Northaw, who regularly runs Zumba classes at the school.

Michele runs a charity evening every three months, sharing the proceeds between three local charities.

Among the charities getting £500 each this time was the Friends of RSPCA Southridge, which finds foster homes and pay the vet and food bills for the old and sick animals taken in by the centre in South Mimms.

The Old Hatfield-based Willow Foundation, which provides special days for seriously ill 16- to 40-year-olds, and Teens Unite, a Broxbourne-based charity which helps teenagers cope with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses, also benefited.

Michele said: “I try to help local charities as much as I can.

“I think we are all very blessed and a lot of people aren’t.

“We don’t know when it could be one of us, or one of our own, in need of help. It’s all about giving back.”

Michele, who has four cats – Mr Jinx, Alfie, Shakira and Fifi – added: “I absolutely adore animals and we get a lot of students, and vets, from the Royal Veterinary College come to our classes.

“We all agreed it would be a great idea to support the Friends of Southridge. They do a fantastic job.”

Terry Pavey, chairman of the Friends, said: “With this recession, and Christmas coming, we need all the help we can get and we are very grateful to Michele and everyone who turned up on Thursday night to support us.

“The list of old and sick animals, and indeed some younger ones with serious and costly-to-treat medical complaints needing our help, seems to grow all the time, so rest assured this cash will put a smile or two on the faces of our four-legged friends.”

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