Dozens join Hassocks Zumbathon in memory of Aidan and Lily


Proceeds from a three-hour zumbathon held in memory of Aidan Pond will go a charity which supported his family.

Staff at Hassocks Sports Centre have presented a cheque for £546.22 to the Lily Foundation after more than 100 people took part in a zumbathon.

The event was held in memory of 19-month-old Aidan, who died last year from a rare genetic disease of the cells called Mitochondrial Disease.

The money will be donated to The Lily Foundation, founded by Liz Curtis, a mother who lost her daughter to the disease at the age of eight months, in 2007.

“I would like to thank Freedom Leisure staff and members for supporting The Lily Foundation with this zumbathon in memory of Aidan Pond,” said Liz.

“I know how touched Aidan’s mum Lucy was by the success of the day and the support it received.”



Aidan, described by his mother as a ‘cheeky little boy’ contracted bronchiolitis and passed away in March 2013.

His mother Lucy decided to turn her loss into a force for good, raising funds for the Lily Foundation, which had helped her cope during Aidan’s illness.

Lucy’s friend Ines Villamagua, a zumba instructor, raised the idea of a zumbathon with Hassocks Sports Centre, which agreed to host the event. Jonathan Pearce, Lily’s uncle, chairman of the foundation and BBC football commentator joined the presentation after training for the marathon at Hassocks Sport Centre. He thanked leisure centre manager Kathy O’Regan for their help. “The Zumbathon was a great event and showed how passionate people are to help us.”

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I know how touched Aidan’s mum Lucy was by the success of the day and the support it received.

Liz Curtis