Sue’s marathon – in tap shoes!

Just Regional
Apr 25, 2020 2 mins read

The London Marathon may be off, but a Mundesley woman is planning a marathon fundraiser of her own – but in dancing shoes rather than running shoes.

Sue York, 64, is set to tap dance every day for a week to raise money for Norfolk’s sight loss charity, as part of a nationwide initiative to support charities this weekend.

Sunday would have been the day of the London Marathon, and in response to the postponement of this event – which raises millions of pounds for good causes every year – an initiative called “The 2.6Challenge – Save The UK Charities” has been organised, encouraging people to undertake activities based around the numbers 2.6 or 26.

In response, Sue York, whose husband Martin was born with glaucoma and who has lived with sight loss all his life, has decided to tap dance for 26 minutes each day for a week to raise money for Vision Norfolk (formerly the Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind).

Sue York preparing for her tap challenge.

The retired teacher will be completing the challenge at her Mundesley home, accompanied by music arranged by Martin, a professional musician.

“I’m not a runner.  I have never been a runner.  But I do love to tap dance, and during the lockdown I have been enjoying online tap dance sessions with Marlene’s School of Dance in Cromer,” she said.

“Since we moved to Norfolk, the help and support from Vision Norfolk has been amazingly helpful, so this seemed like a good opportunity to support the charity back.”

The Yorks moved to Mundesley from Bedfordshire four years ago, when Sue retired. She started tap dancing when she was four years old and has maintained her love of dance in the 60 years since then. 

“We are so grateful to Sue for her energetic idea to raise money for us, at a time when all charities are facing the double whammy of increased demand for services and a squeeze on income,” said Vision Norfolk chief executive Gina Dormer.

Anyone wanting to support the fundraising efforts can donate by clicking here

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