Thurston train driver is on track to raise funds

David White, from Thurston, is undertaking a Zumba challenge from Land's End to John O'Groats for charity. ANL-150309-093819001
David White, from Thurston, is undertaking a Zumba challenge from Land's End to John O'Groats for charity. ANL-150309-093819001

A Thurston man is set to dance his way to fund-raising success with a marathon Zumba challenge which will take him across the country.

David White, 51, will be undertaking the journey from Land’s End to John O’Groats, prompted by his new found love for the Latin-inspired dance, to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

He will set off on Sunday, taking part in 45 Zumba classes along the route starting in Redruth in Cornwall and finishing in Inverness, in Scotland, before he reaches the northern tip of the British Iseles on September 26.

David’s partner Karen Herrington, 49, will join him in Leeds for the last leg of the challenge.

He said: “Karen thought I was nuts – I’m doing it at my own expense and in my own holiday time. But she’s been marvellous, I couldn’t have done it without her really.”

David, who works as a train driver, discovered his love for Zumba while going through a bad patch after turning 50.

“I decided to shake myself out of it – and that’s when I started doing Zumba. It’s opened up a whole new social life for me,” he said.

“I went out of my comfort zone, lifted my mood and I feel fit now. I thought, what a good way to raise funds for charity.”

David, who lost his father and two cousins to cancer, goes to Zumba classes at Moreton Hall Health Club.

The club’s team, Wiggles and Ziggles, took part in the Relay For Life in 2013 and 2015 and raised almost £6,000 at each event.

From his own three-week challenge, David hopes to raise around £2,000.

Gary Young, Cancer Research UK spokesman, said: “We are absolutely delighted that David has decided to attempt such a great challenge to raise vital funds.

“He has been doing lots of preparation and we’re sure he is going to have an amazing experience.”

Donate to David at justgiving.com/David-White34.