Zumbathon fund-raisers protest against Grantham A&E night closure and raise hundreds of pounds for local causes

Zumbathon protest. Photo: Ray Wootten
Zumbathon protest. Photo: Ray Wootten
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A zumbathon held to raise money for local causes also became a protest against the closure at night of Grantham A&E.

About 25 fund-raisers took part in the zumbathon at Grantham Meres leisure centre on Saturday. The two-hour event was organised by district councillor Ian Selby. The Mayor of Grantham Coun Linda Wootten also took part.

Zumbathon at The Meres leisure centre. Photo: Ray Wootten

Zumbathon at The Meres leisure centre. Photo: Ray Wootten

Coun Selby said: “I am chuffed to bits by the way it went. It was in aid of two very good causes.”

The event supported the Grantham Journal Children’s Fund and Gravity FM.

Coun Selby said the money raised was still being counted.

Many of those who took part held aloft placards made by Coun Selby in protest at the closure of Grantham Hospital’s A&E which will be closed every night from 6.30pm to 9am for the next three months. United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust says this is necessary because of a staffing crisis.

Mayor of Grantham Coun Linda Wootten and Coun Ian Selby take part in the The Zumbathon protest.

Mayor of Grantham Coun Linda Wootten and Coun Ian Selby take part in the The Zumbathon protest.

A video on Coun Selby’s Facebook page has attracted more than 1,300 likes. Go to www.facebook.com/cllrian.selby