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Dancing their way to £16,000

11-hour dance marathon at the Ritz Ballroom, Brighouse.

11-hour dance marathon at the Ritz Ballroom, Brighouse.

A GROUP of dancers has pulled in some serious cash for charity, after partying its way through an 11-hour danceathon.

Around 140 dancers descended on The Ritz Ballroom in Brighouse to raise in excess of £16,000 for Help for Heroes.

Tcherina Campbell, one of the dancers, alone raised around £1,500 and it is expected that the final amount presented to the charity on December 14 will be more than last year’s total of £18,000.

One of the organisers Sheila Kearns said: “It was fantastic. Everybody was dressed up and the atmosphere was fantastic. We had 16 teams of dancers aged from 25 through to 74 all doing modern jive.

“We danced from 11am until 11pm and we had a team of Land Army girls that was in the kitchen dishing out food and the amount they raised will be donated to the charity.”

She said: “Lynne Bidski got up to say a few words of thanks to everybody and Alan and Pauline Alderson from the Ritz did a fantastic job putting all the flags and banners up, the room looked brilliant. The whole place was amazing and everyone seemed to have a lovely time.

“I am over the mood with how it all went and can’t wait to find out what the final amount is after gift aid.”

To get into the theme of the era a variety of costumes were worn ranging from soldier uniforms, sailors and land girls.

All the dancers, some of whom travelled from places such as Leeds, Brighouse, Liverpool, York and Wetherby, have been given free tickets to see Adele and Michael Buble tribute acts that will be performing on the night that the cheque will be presented,

Last year 136 dancers joined Sheila on the dancefloor at the Ritz in Bradford Road. They raised £18,000 for Help for Heroes.

Help for Heroes provides direct, practical support to wounded, injured and sick Service personnel, veterans, and their families.

 

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