A Bearsden lady has raised hundreds of kilos after her menopause impressed her to launch health lessons.
Vicki Houston has raked in £3,000 for the Beatson Cancer Charity by internet hosting CardioFunk classes for the group.
The 53-year-old revealed main the classes has helped handle her “powerful” menopause signs and has improved her wellbeing.
Vicki determined to help the Beatson after they sorted her mom, Isabel Heffernan from Coatbridge, who sadly handed away at 76-years-old in 2020 whereas battling lung most cancers.
She stated: “The menopause is hard and getting again into instructing has alleviated my menopause signs and has helped my health and wellbeing, notably after the pandemic.
“Also throughout this time, I sadly misplaced my mum to lung most cancers the place The Beatson supplied the very best care, therapy and help to her.
“I made a decision to volunteer my time, return to instructing and do one thing that was going to have a optimistic impression on me, the area people and lift cash for a trigger which is near most individuals’s hearts throughout the west of Scotland.
“I by no means thought we’d have raised this a lot as a result of having not taught for thus lengthy, I wasn’t positive how the lessons have been going to go.
“The women that attend the lessons are so supportive as a result of they know that the cash goes on to the Beatson – I believe everybody’s received a connection there.”
CardioFunk is a category which is the same style to Zumba, selling health by dancing for all ages.
Some individuals have both been sufferers or have supported others who’ve been going by therapy on the Beatson.
Vicki has labored for BAE Systems for 32 years and was closely concerned within the organisation’s menopause marketing campaign.
She stated: “Having been a health teacher, a dancer and a dancing trainer for a few years, I took a break from instructing to lift my household.
“My day job as a Project Manager additionally took me all around the nation, working in several components of the UK, so I made a decision to start out up lessons once more to do one thing optimistic.
“Everybody’s simply amazed once I give an replace on how a lot we’re elevating so I believe it actually motivates us all to maintain coming so it’s a very optimistic factor – not only for me personally however for the entire group.”
Vicki says there’s no plan on stopping any time quickly because it’s impressed new challenges.
She continued: “I’m hoping in a month or so we’ll run a 100-minute exercise and have a devoted session to lift cash all for the Beatson and we’ll have that as a separate exercise over and above the lessons.”
Seonaidh McGuire, group engagement fundraiser at Beatson Cancer Charity, stated: “It all the time conjures up us when our supporters consider alternative ways to fundraise for our charity.
“Vicki’s lessons are a enjoyable method of protecting match whereas additionally supporting most cancers sufferers and their households.
“We wish to thank Vicki and all those that attend the lessons every week for his or her superb help.”