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24th Apr 2020
Sue York preparing for her seven day tap dancing challenge

A 64 year-old Mundesley woman 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 26th April would have been the day of the London Marathon, and in response to the postponement of this event, which raises millions 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 & Norwich Association for the Blind).

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,” said Mrs York.

“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.”

Mr and Mrs York moved to Mundesley from Bedfordshire four years ago when she retired from teaching, and since living in the county have been users of Vision Norfolk’s equipment centre, as well as receiving support from the charity’s community team.

Mrs York started tap dancing when she was four years old, and has maintained her love of dance in the 60 years since then.  She will start the week-long challenge on Sunday 26th April, completing 26 minutes of energetic tap dancing each day for a week.

Mr York was born with glaucoma and has had vision issues all his life.  Despite this, he has carved out a career as a professional musician, composing, playing and recording music.

“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 Mrs York’s fundraising efforts can donate by visiting https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/my-2-6-challenge-a-tap-dancing-challenge2077