Market trader gets his Zumba on for lockdown classes

Tim Steele to host charity Zumbathon for Barnsley Hospice and Hospital Charity

Barnsley Market stall holder Tim Steele has found a way to keep busy in lockdown – hosting online Zumba classes.

Trader Tim fronts popular stall Weigh to Save that specialises in selling loose goods like baking produce, so punters buy exactly the amounts they need meaning less of a chance of wastage.

Tim’s still trading at Penistone’s outdoor market every Thursday and at Barnsley Market on a Friday and Saturday – while his goods are also available for delivery through click and collect scheme ShopAppy.com.

But what Tim’s customers may not know is that- in normal circumstances - he moonlights as a Zumba instructor at gyms across the town.

He even organises Zumbathons for charities, while proceeds from his Thursday night classes specifically for market traders go to Barnsley Hospice.

And while lockdown hasn’t stopped Tim from trading, it hasn’t stopped him from getting his Zumba on, either.

He now hosts virtual classes via Facebook for his loyal army of Zumba fans.

Every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, Tim broadcasts live to a Facebook group that has nearly 200 members (and growing).

“It gets your mind going, stops people being bored, keeps you active and helps you burn calories,” says Tim.

“But more importantly, it’s a way of virtual socialising. I have a lot of my regulars taking part and commenting, saying they’re missing everyone.

“There’s a lot of new people taking part, too, which is nice to see.”

Tim wants to use the popularity of his classes to give back.

On Sunday 10 May at 10:30am, Tim will host an online Zumbathon alongside four other Zumba instructors from Barnsley.

Each instructor will lead a 30-minute family-friendly session, with participants encouraged to collect sponsorship or donate to take part.

All proceeds raised will be split between Barnsley Hospice and the Barnsley Hospital Charity.

“It’s my way of helping to give back,” he says.

“It’s for two fantastic causes. The Hospice is a charity close to my heart and we all appreciate the work the NHS is doing in these difficult times. Hopefully we get loads of people taking part to help raise as much money as possible for two brilliant charities.”

Click here to take part in Tim’s classes and click here to take part in the charity workshop.

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