Ballroom dancers put heart and soul into helping injured heroes

Blood, sweat and tears were shed at the Ritz Ballroom as dancers hit the floor for their 12 hour danceathon to raise money for injured heroes.

Jivers from all over West Yorkshire and further afield descended into Brighouse on Remembrance Sunday for the event to support Help 4 Heroes.

Help for Heroes Charity Dancethon at The Ritz Ballroom, Brighouse.

Help for Heroes Charity Dancethon at The Ritz Ballroom, Brighouse.

Organised by Sheila Kearns, the third danceathon was another huge success as they look to match last year’s total of £20,000.

“So far we have collected £15,000 with more still to count,” said Sheila.

“It all went fantastically well. I don’t know how all the dancers have so much energy and our eldest dancer was 76-years-old.

“We have jive classes being taught all round the country and it is easy for people to get involved with by visiting www.uk-jive.co.uk”

“I never thought in a million years we would raise so much money for charity from the first year we started.

“I want to say a massive thank you to Alan and Pauline at the Ritz for letting use the magnificent building and to all the dancers who took part on the day.”

A total of 120 dancers with an additional 40 joining later on came from Leeds, Manchester, York, Liverpool and Nottingham to take part.

Many dressed in military uniforms and vintage clothing and the ballroom was decked out in Union flag decorations.

The day started at 11am with two minutes’ silence and the Last Post, and then onto a bit of community singing and 12 hours of non-stop dancing.

Seven DJs donated their services to spin the discs in shifts and all the money raised will go the Phoenix rehabilitation centre in Catterick, built by Help 4 Heroes.