MORE than 170 dance enthusiasts hit the dancefloor and shimmied their way to raising £10,000 for charity.
The dance-a-thon took place at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens where participants were tasked with dancing for three hours non-stop, in a variety of different dance styles – including disc, hip hop, Zumba and cheerleading.
Dancing divas of all ages took part in the challenge and the money raised from the day will allow Marie Curie Cancer Care to provide more nursing care to terminally ill people in their own homes, on the Fylde coast.
Ann Rowley led a team of four ladies from the Shellard Hotel, Dean Street, South Shore – who dubbed themselves the Shellard Girls – who were all taking part in memory of their late friend Ann Fenwick who died on September 19, aged 69, after being diagnosed with cancer just 12 weeks earlier.
Ann said: “We were so proud to take part in memory of our friend Ann. She always loved dancing and this event was the perfect tribute to her. None of the Shellard team would usually dance and it was tough to keep going at times.
“But the instructors were so enthusiastic and they helped us keep going.
“We’ve had so much fun and I’m really pleased we’ve been able to help raise funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care, in memory of our friend who was so special.”
Kate Gaynor, dance-a-thon event manager from Marie Curie, said: “We want to say a massive thank you to everyone who hit the dance floor and raised funds for the charity.
“The event was not only great fun, but also a huge fundraising success.
“The amount raised so far will fund 500 hours of Marie Curie nursing care, enabling more people with terminal cancer and other illnesses to be looked after in their own homes completely free of charge.”