Fancy a challenge?

People of all ages are being encouraged to take part in a 12-hour hula hoopathon.

Not only does the event promise to be fun for all the family, it's also for a great cause.

Taking place on Sunday, February 4, the hula hoopathon coincides with World Cancer Day and will raise vital funds for local cancer support charity, the Living Tree.

Debbie Jones, a local fitness instructor, is organising the event, which will take place at Bridport Leisure Centre, and says it's a cause close to her heart.

"My dad had prostate cancer this year and, thankfully, they caught it in good time. He was one of the lucky ones," said Debbie. "My best friend had breast cancer and, again, is in remission.

"I teach the Stepping Out cancer rehabilitation group from time-to-time at the leisure centre and have had close communication with members of the Living Tree whose support to others is incredible.

"It is World Cancer Day on February 4 and I, personally, am in a position to give something back. Hula hooping is a perfect way for the community to come together and have fun whilst doing it. The centre is kindly giving me the main sports hall from 8am to 8pm for free."

Debbie will be hula hooping for 12 hours and encouraging others to do so. If you've never tried the activity before, Debbie will teach you how to hoop and show you various tricks throughout the day.

"I am hoping to pull in local schools, businesses and individuals," said Debbie."I want the event to reach out to as many people as possible.

"I will be hooping for 12 hours and the hope is that the groups, or individuals, will book an hourly slot with me during the day."

There is a suggested donation of £5 per person but smaller donations are welcome.

"Every little helps," said Debbie. "This will be a big event and it's for a great local group working in Bridport and the surrounding community. It's very exciting."

If you would like to get involved, contact Debbie on 07585356929 or email

My email for people to contact me is, tel 07585356929.