‘Combatathon’ will boost fight against illness

A charity  'Combatathon' event at Oakhill Academy, in Whalley
A charity 'Combatathon' event at Oakhill Academy, in Whalley

More than 60 peopleparticipated in a charity “Combatathon” held in Whalley to raise money for “Little Warriors” – Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

Held at Oakhill Academy earlier this month, the event consisted of four intense hours of “Body Combat” exercise routines, beginning at 9-30 am.

Emma Dunkerley, Operations Manager at Oakhill Academy and a qualified Body Combat Instructor, organised the Combatathon in memory of her nine-week old niece Anna Sophie.

Born on August 12th last year, Anna Sophie was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia at just three days old.

At five weeks old she had undertaken numerous sessions of chemotherapy. She fought for a further four weeks, but on the 14th October 14th she sadly lost her fight against acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.

Around 30,000 people are diagnosed with Lymphoma or Myeloma in the UK every year, many of them little babies like Anna.

The turnout on the day for the Combatathon was fantastic and the fund-raising target of £1,000 for the Little Warriors charity was blown away, with the actual amount raised reaching a staggering £4,500.

A wonderful achievement for a great cause.