A WIRRAL store manager will use her Zumba moves to raise funds for the charity that helped a close friend fight leukaemia as a teenager.

Sarah Hastie will lead a charity Zumbathon organised by Kesiena Ovien in aid of CHICS – the Children's Cancer Support Group.

The charity zumbathon, taking place at Wavertree Lifestyle Centre on Sunday, April 27 - is sponsored by Liverpool-based Hampson Hughes Solicitors, where Kesiena is a trainee solicitor.

Kesiena was diagnosed with leukaemia when she was 13 and is now recovered.

Looking forward to supporting her friend on the day Sarah, store manager at Trespass in Pyramids Shopping Centre, Birkenhead said: "We’re expecting around 150 people to turn up and help raise as much money as possible for CHICS through sponsorship."

Sarah, who recently qualified as a zumba instructor, said "They’ll be coming from all over Merseyside and Wirral and there will be girls and even a few guys joining in.

"I just can’t wait to do it because it will be so much fun. I'm also delighted to be helping CHICS which does such marvellous work.

"It helps to support the whole family of a child diagnosed with cancer in a variety of ways like producing a regular newsletter, drop-in centres and parent meetings.

"There’s also a telephone befriending service, trips and parties and holidays for the children and their families."

Derek Millar, commercial director for Pyramids Shopping Centre, said: "I wish Sarah and her friend Kesiena lots of luck with their very energetic efforts for CLICS. It sounds like a fantastic charity to raise money for."

Kesiena, 26, from Liverpool, said: "As I'm very keen on Zumba and have been an instructor for the past year and a half I came up with the idea of doing a Zumbathon on behalf of CHICS."

To support the Zumbathon event go to Kesiena’s charity page at: http://www.justgiving.com/MJLDsupportschics