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Community / Sisters put their own spin on hula hoop fundraising challenge

TWO sisters have taken on a rather unusual challenge – to hula hoop for 15 minutes a day during the whole of July.

You may have seen Toyah and Vaila Irvine already doing their thing – at some beaches, outside the Town Hall, or perhaps in the middle of the Tesco roundabout.

It is all in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, a charity which encourages folk to take on the hula hoop challenge every July.

Toyah Irvine.

So far the sisters have pocketed more than £750 for Macmillan, and during one week they were among the top ten fundraisers in the UK doing the challenge.

Toyah – a fitness instructor – said the pair had a “phase” of hula hooping around ten years ago, so when they spotted the charity challenge they were keen to get involved.

“The first day we hula hooped in my garden and smashed our fundraising target straight away,” she said.

“We couldn’t believe it. So we thought we best put on a good show, to show our appreciation for all the support. That’s when the different locations came into play.”

Since then they have hula hooped, either separately or together, at landmarks including the Clickimin Broch, Unst’s Muness Castle and St Ninian’s Isle – while they keep their hoops in their car incase the perfect moment arises.

“With the challenge drawing to a close on the 31 July we still have a few locations up our sleeves, but of course we are always open to suggestions,” Toyah said.

“We really hope we can reach £1,000 before the end of the challenge. Many thanks for all the donations so far and thanks in advance for anyone who would still like to donate but hasn’t done so already.”

People can donate to Toyah and Vaila’s fundraiser here.

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