Ellie’s Hitchin Zumbathon helps family pass £40,000 mark for blood cancer cause in memory of Joe
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A 22-year-old woman from Hitchin lost her brother to blood cancer has issued a massive thanks to everyone who helped make her fundraising event in his honour such a success.
Ellie Males’ brother Joe died from the disease in 2007 – eight days after his 16th birthday.
Since then the Males family, together with friends and well-wishers, have held a series of fundraisers to collect funds for national charity Bloodwise – formerly known as Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.
Sporty Ellie, of Old Hale Way, organised a Zumbathon at Hitchin’s Priory School on Saturday that saw more than 70 people take part in the activity – which is a cross between dance and aerobics.
Afterwards, she said: “We had so much fun and we enjoying organising it. It couldn’t have happened without the help and support of so many people.
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“We’d like to thank Priory headteacher Geraint Edwards, Richard Cowell and Tony Leary who all have been a great help – as well as each and everyone who turned up and took part.
“We had everyone from children to pensioners take part. They have all helped us raise £2,236 so far with more funds to come, and the money will go towards helping finding a cure for blood cancer.
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“The amount also takes the total we have raised since 2007 to more than £40,000 – so a big thank you to everyone.”
Due to the success of Saturday’s Zumbathon, Ellie is already planning to hold a similar event next year.