FOLLOWING the huge success of her previous charity Zumbathons, Bowdon Zumba instructor Jo Gordon is pulling out all the stops to host another event - this time in aid of the Tic Tok Ovarian Cancer charity, which is raising funds for Manchester University Research for Ovarian Cancer.

The event will take place on October 28 from 2pm at the Longfield Suite in Prestwich.

Jo said: “This event is very close to my heart. Not only have I lost one of my best friends, Jackie Franks, to ovarian cancer but two people extremely close to me are currently going through treatment. I’m delighted that all profits raised from the event are going straight into research to combat this dreadful disease.”

Jo’s aunt, Maralyn Cohen, is a senior committee member of Tic Tok Ovarian Cancer and is receiving treatment herself.

She said “We can’t wait to hold our first event. I know first-hand how crucial it is to raise funds for research into ovarian cancer, and to have my niece Jo hosting it is amazing!”

Roz Carlick, a family friend and chairwoman of the charity, is also currently battling ovarian cancer. She said: “Since my diagnosis two years ago, I’ve become painfully aware how vital it is that all women are informed about this disease, particularly as more people actually die from it than breast cancer. Everyone who supports this Zumbathon will be doing their bit to spread the word so that somebody’s mother, daughter or sister could be saved.”

Jo will be joined by fellow instructors Jess Stone, Mark Gill and Hayley Shatliff Smith. Helping to get Zumba-goers into the mood will be the St Mary’s Youth Samba Drummers from Prestwich.

Admission is £10 and all ages are welcome. Tickets are purchased at the door and information on Zumba can be found on or