VIDEO: Thetford community gets behind Zumba Lou Lou’s Ice Bucket Challenge

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More than 70 people took part in a mass Ice Bucket Challenge in Thetford last week.

Organiser Louise Freezer posted details on her Facebook page on Monday and by Wednesday ‘word had got out’.

Ice bucket challenge in Thetford, organised by Louise Freezer

Ice bucket challenge in Thetford, organised by Louise Freezer

More than 100 supporters and participants turned out for the event in the Deer’s Leap pub car park in Norwich Road, Thetford, including local firefighters who ensured everyone got wet.

Louise, 42, of Croxton, said: “I was hoping I wasn’t going to get nominated, but when I was I thought I don’t want to do the normal thing in the garden on my own.”

She added: “I was really pleased, especially considering it was such short notice. Most people were from Thetford but some were from Attleborough, Old Buckingham and Bury (St Edmunds).”

“Thetford gets quite bad press but there’s a really good community spirit there. If you want to get involved, there’s lots going on and I think this proved it because within two days all these people took part. It was lovely and there was a really good sense of fun.”

Ice bucket challenge in Thetford, organised by Louise Freezer

Ice bucket challenge in Thetford, organised by Louise Freezer

Money raised on the day was split between the MND Association and three charities being supported by Louise, a Zumba instructor, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH), Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSHCC) and stillbirth and neonatal death charity Sands.

“Three girls in my class have had children who have either died or have not been well so have had to use the services of those charities,” explained Louise of Zumba Lou Lou, who will be hosting a ‘Thetford Pamper Zumbathon and Market’ on September 13 to help boost funds.

The event will take place in Thetford’s Carnegie Rooms from 11.30am-5pm with the Zumbathon taking place from 1.30-3.30pm.

Louise nominated Thetford Fire Brigade, which completed its challenge on Friday, Norwich City Football Club and Ipswich Town Football Club.

She said: “We just thought seeing as we were doing it as a team, we’d nominate teams rather than individuals. Thetford fire team did theirs on Friday. They were really good sports and we really appreciate them taking part because they really added to the event.”

Karl Hain, watch manager at Thetford Fire Station, said: “We were delighted to be nominated to take part in the Ice Bucket Challenge. We had seven fire officers volunteer to have freezing water poured over them outside Thetford Fire Station and donated monies to ALS.”