Have you heard about the new dance craze?
The Goalden Girls over 50s women’s running club has certainly been busting a move.
Having wowed FunnyGirls visitors by going Gangnam last year for Cash Quest 4 Carers – on the stage with the show’s regulars – this time they stepped out in 70s style for a flash mob dance at Grosvenor Casino, Blackpool.
It took them eight weeks of rehearsals at Barbara Jackson School of Dance, at Thornton, to get the top secret routine in shape.
It was literally a tall order – on platform heels – and they were under orders to maintain social media silence until the event took place.
The Goalden Girls are among the Fylde coast’s most intrepid fundraisers for a wealth of worthy causes.
They’re a high powered lot too – there are businesswomen in their ranks, counsellors, a charity chief officer, laywer, medical practice manager, care home manager, doctor – and many more.
They come from all walks of life and, until five years ago, most of them had only walked to get from A to B and running was out of the question. Group founder Tricia Ellis set up the group, with an appeal for others to join her on her first marathon.
Since then, they have taken on epic walking challenges, half marathons, full marathons, ultra marathons – and turned their hands, or rather feet, to anything which takes their fancy so long as it’s a good cause.
After the latest flash mob, dance tutor Donna White said: “They did brilliantly. It’s been a real joy to teach them, they put so much into it.” The latest CQ4C appeal for Carers Trust Fylde Coast aims to fund a real employment opportunity to a young adult – ideally one with direct experience or knowledge of the carers’ charity service – to fight the corner of other young carers across Blackpool as the Young Carers Champion.
Twenty four teams are taking part in the three month corporate challenge which ends with an awards ceremony on October 16, designated Britain’s Best Breakfast day by Carers Trust nationally, in the hope of encouraging others to host a breakfast for carers, in much the same way as other charities have national coffee mornings.
The aim is to highlight how many carers miss breakfast or neglect their own needs while looking after loved ones.
Carers charity chief officer Michelle Smith, a Goalden Girl herself, said: “It was a great event involving two marvellous supporters.
The Goalden Girls always have a great time no matter what they take on.
“And the staff at Grosvenor Casino have been working with Carers Trust nationally on their Rank Cares programme, a fundraising partnership providing grants to carers – from which we in Blackpool have directly benefited. The Goalden Girls event gave a real insight into the real commitment the team at Grosvenor, in Blackpool, have towards raising these funds. It made a marvellous venue for the flash mob dance. The team is also running regular raffles, tombolas, and cake events along with providing donations from bar takings.
“Many of our carers have received grants through this initiative. And the money raised locally stays locally.”
The Goalden Girls are about to win a much higher profile nationally as Jog On the Musical – co-written by Michelle’s daughter, playwright Stephanie – debuts in London this month, as part of the So & So Art Club’s Ever Hopefull Festival at Soho Theatre and other venues on September 24, 25 and 27.
Goalden Girls founder Tricia is planning a party to celebrate five years of the group next month – with a 70s theme.
She said: “We couldn’t waste those costumes and all that effort.”
* You can watch the Goalden Girls’ dance at YouTube/PXlUTOo5Xrk