Wellingborough woman holding Zumbathon for charity which supports bereaved parents

Lianne Johnson with members of her Zumba class ahead of the charity Zumbathon she has organised
Lianne Johnson with members of her Zumba class ahead of the charity Zumbathon she has organised

A woman is raising money to help the charity which supported her and her husband after they lost their baby earlier this year.

Lianne and Alan Johnson had not heard of Children Are Butterflies before, but the Northampton-based charity was there when they needed them after losing baby Elliott.

Lianne from Wellingborough said: “We hadn’t heard of the charity Children Are Butterflies and then in February of this year we unfortunately lost a baby and the charity provided financial support for the whole funeral.”

Lianne and husband Alan decided not to find out how Elliott died, but she wanted to do something to help others who find themselves in the same heartbreaking situation as they did.

After discussing the idea with her Zumba instructor Mark Bailey, Lianne has organised a sponsored Zumbathon at the Pemberton Centre in Rushden from 9.30am to 12.30pm on Saturday, September 26.

She said: “It is something I do anyway and I thought it would be something different rather than a fun day.”

I am hoping it will be successful because I want to do something to make Elliott proud

Lianne Johnson

Lianne added: “The reason for doing it is to give something back and as I am not working at the moment and I have been quite low at times, it has kept me occupied.

“It will also raise awareness as there are so many families out there going through the same thing.”

About 30 people have already signed up for the fundraiser, but there is room for up to 150 people to get involved on the day.

Lianne said: “I am nervous but I am hoping it will be successful because I want to do something to make Elliott proud.

“I have put quite a lot of work into it and we are hoping to raise as much as possible.”

Money from the fundraiser will go to Children Are Butterflies, the charity which provides support to families who have lost a child of any age.

They can offer practical and financial support when arranging a funeral and emotional support through a network of parents and families who have suffered similar losses.

While the Zumbathon is taking place, there will also be a tombola, cake stall and raffle to raise further funds.

Raffle prizes include a set of gel nails, £200 off a new carpet, lunch for two at The Bridge Hotel and a free spiritual reading.

If you would like to sponsor Lianne go to www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/ElliottsSupporters.

For more information about the charity go to www.childrenarebutterflies.org.uk.