AN inspirational fundraiser is holding a charity zumbathon to help smash her £50,000 target.

Gillian Clason is hosting the event at the Mercure Kings Hotel, in Priestgate, Darlington, on Sunday, August 31 from 1pm to 4pm.

The 34-year-old, from Darlington, began fundraising for Children with Cancer UK in 2009 in memory of her friend’s son, Henry Valks, who was three when he died of leukaemia.

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Since then she has completed scores of fitness challenges, including the London Marathon, Paris Marathon, Great North Run and cycled from London to Paris, raising more than £47,000.

Miss Clason also took part in the 100-mile Prudential RideLondon-Surrey bike race, which took place on Sunday (August 10).

She hopes to break her £50,000 target later this year and has vowed to continue her fundraising until a cure for the disease is found.

She said: "Some people have decided to get sponsorship for the zumbathon and have raised quite a lot. But there is no obligation to get sponsorship if you don't want to."

The zumbathon costs £8 for adults and £5 for under 16s. Entry is free for those collecting sponsorship for the event.

For more information call Miss Clason on 07966-243-668.

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