Dance away! Charity dancethon is first for hospice

Every day St Michael’s Hospice needs to raise £12,000 to be able to keep on delivering its unique and vital service to local people.

That’s why the hospice is always looking for new ways to raise cash and last month, for the first time, it held a Danceathon at Ore Community Centre. The event was fast paced and full of fun, with six sessions of dance for participants to choose from – including Salsa, Tap, ‘Clubbercise’, Ballroom, Beatz Fitness and Zumba.

Hospice Community Fundraiser, Hannah Hildreth, said: “Everyone had a fantastic time and the event had a really supportive, happy atmosphere from start to finish. Some of our very brave attendees even completed every single taster session – nearly six hours of dancing!”

Putting their best feet forward! Many people took part in every session, completing six hours of dancing!

Hannah says the Hospice would like to thank the ‘fantastic’ instructors who all donated their time for free, putting on some brilliant classes in the process. Instructors came from Tap on Tap, Hastings Salsa, Ballroom Glamour, Lou-P Fitness, Beatz Fitness 1066 and Clubbercise Hastings with Theresa.

Everyone had a great time.

“We’d also like to thank everyone who came along and shimmied, shook and stepped their way through the day,” says Hannah

Sponsorship money is still being collected for the Danceathon, and a total will be announced soon.

And don’t worry if you missed the Danceathon, but love dancing, the Hospice will be holding a number of dance related events throughout the year including; a Barn Dance at the Hub in Bodiam on Saturday September 21st, a 90s and 00s party night at Hastings United Football Social Club on Saturday October 26th and the St Michael’s Hospice Glitter Ball at Bannatynes Hotel on Friday November 1st.

For more information about forthcoming St Michael’s Hospice events, visit

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