AN aerobics instructor and her ten-month-old son helped launch an aerobathon yesterday.

Baby Sol Tones' imminent arrival prevented his mother Helen Stockport from taking part in the first aerobathon, in Sherburn, last year.

This year, he took centre stage to promote the second event, at Sherburn Leisure Centre, from 10.30am to 1.30pm on Satur- day.

Aimed at raising money for the Mayor of Durham's appeal, it will be led by 15 coaches, including Ms Stockport.

Participants will be put through their paces in six half-hour sessions of step aerobics, kardio kick, bums and tums, abs blast, and postures.

People are encouraged to collect sponsor forms from any of Durham City Council's five leisure centres, and the person who raises the most money will receive a one-year membership at Future Fitness health club.

Spot prizes from Saks Hairdressing, Sherburn Hill Barber Shop and other local businesses will be given out on the day, and a free creche and refreshments will be available.

Entertainment will be provided by the British gymnastics team.

Ms Stockport said: "The first aerobathon was a great success, and I really enjoyed cheering everyone on from the sidelines.

"This year is going to be fantastic. We are building on all the enthusiasm generated last May, and I am able to have a great work-out alongside everyone else."

The aerobathon is open to everyone. For more information, contact Ms Stockport on 0191-378 9888.