Posted on 26th January 2016
Hospice’s fantastic Dance-A-Thon raises £3000
St Peter & St James Hospice held its first ever Dance-A-Thon raising a fantastic total of £3000. The Hospice would like to thank everyone who took part, volunteered and donated. People can still donate at www.stpeter-stjames.org.uk/donate
On Saturday 23 January, at Clair Hall in Haywards Heath, over 80 dancers took part in the Hospice’s 12-hour Dance-A-Thon. The event had a varied programme, including Salsa, Bollywood, Ballroom and Swoove, being led by Esther Featherstone and other dance instructors.
As well as individuals, there were lots of teams taking part, including ‘Kim’s Nutcrackers’ – this team raised over £1000 in sponsorship in memory of a close friend who was cared for by the Hospice
As well as thanking all those who took part, the Hospice would like to thank all the local businesses for their support – including, Co-operative (Haywards Heath), Tesco (Burgess Hill), Kave Lighting, Izzy’s Party Shop, Flint & Co and Aurora Massage for supporting the Dance-A-Thon with donations and services.
Ellie Gloster, Events and Community Manager at St Peter & St James Hospice, said, “A huge thank you to Esther Featherstone and her team of Swoove instructors for supporting the event, along with the local dance instructors Salsa Julia, Rosaria Gracia, Tracy Brooks and Lesley and Chester, from Steps Dance Club, who donated their time and dancing skills. Our dancers were also delighted to be joined by Haywards Heath’s Mayor (Cllr Wickremaratchi) who kindly drew the raffle at the end of the evening.”
"As MP for Mid Sussex I believe passionately in the importance of a vibrant local business community in order to create and sustain fantastic opportunities that enable people to meet their responsibilities, prosper and fulfil their potential. I am committed to collaborating with BHBPA and others to be an effective collective voice for Burgess Hill."
"As the local hospice for the area, it’s great that we receive so much support from the BHBPA. Last year the members raised an amazing £2150 through activities such as Bake Off and the BHBiz Awards. Each well planned members meeting enables good networking opportunities and speakers that are relevant to the present climate and local issues. We are proud to be members of BHBPA."
"This association was started with a lot of effort from a few local businessmen and has proved to be a very powerful and useful tool for our business. The BHBPA has influence at the top level; when action is needed, the BHBPA gets it done. We are kept in touch with all that is happening on our doorstep and will often act because of what is published in the weekly emails / newsletters."
"Regular, well organised events, excellent updates and information by email along with a warm welcome from the Chair and Coordinator are just some of the positives at BHBPA."