Kettering mum’s charity Zumbathon mission

Marie Phillips and her grandmother Mary Elizabeth Ellis
Marie Phillips and her grandmother Mary Elizabeth Ellis
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A young mum from Kettering is organising a charity Zumbathon in memory of her grandmother, who died earlier this year after suffering from dementia for ten years.

Marie Phillips, of Walsingham Avenue, Kettering, is raising money for the Alzheimer’s Society, to help fund research and support for carers.

Her grandmother, Mary Elizabeth Ellis, died of pneumonia aged 80 in March, after struggling against dementia for a decade.

One in three people over 65 will develop dementia and Alzheimer’s Society research shows that 800,000 people in the UK have a form of dementia, more than half have Alzheimer’s disease.

In less than ten years a million people will be living with dementia. This will soar to 1.7 million people by 2051.

Alzheimer’s Society champions the rights of people living with dementia and the millions of people who care for them.

Marie, who works as marketing co-ordinator at Wicksteed Park, has organised the fund-raising event with the help of local Zumba teacher Natalie Cunningham.

It will be held on Friday, July 19, from 7 to 10pm, in the social club at Kettering General Hospital. Tickets are £10 per person and people are being encouraged to take part and raise money through sponsorship.

Music is being provided free of charge by local DJ Damian Cox aka The Big Bopper and tickets are available from Natalie’s Zumba class, held at Latimer Community Arts College every Monday (7 to 8pm) or by phoning 07805 844319 or 07585 445082.

Mum of one Marie, 30, said: “Every penny we raise will go to the Alzheimer’s Society, as I want to raise awareness of Alzheimer‘s and do all I can to help the carers, who do an amazing job.

“My nan was a lovely lady, who was originally from South Wales but who lived in Corby and Northampton later in life.

“She loved animals and her family and I will never forget her. She hated people making a fuss but I think if she was here now she would be really pleased with what we are doing.”

The Alzheimer’s Society is the leading UK care and research charity for people with this disease and other dementias, their families and carers.

Its unique research programme funds research into the cause, cure, care and prevention of dementia to improve treatment for people today and to search for a cure for tomorrow.

Alzheimer’s Society provides a National Dementia Helpline - 0300 222 11 22 - or for further information visit