8-hour dance marathon raises �12,000 for Headway East London

EXHAUSTED dancers have raised a record �12,000 for East London’s unique brain injury centre after an eight-hour marathon.

They tripped the light fantastic on Saturday to a line-up of acts and DJs at Bethnal Green’s Rich Mix arts centre in aid of Headway East London charity.

The 85 dancers, 30 volunteers and 100 spectators raised funds through dance sponsorship, ticket sales, raffle and donations to keep the centre going in Kingsland Road which provides support for those brain injury.

They got a helping hand from 20 businesses donating gifts to raffle and prizes best fundraiser, best team routine, best ‘air’ guitar and best freestyler.

The charity’s chief executive, Miriam Lantsbury, said: “The �12,000 will go towards our work which offers a lifeline for many people with brain injury and their families.”

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Some came ‘dressed to impress’ to show off their dancing skills or simply to learn new moves.

Youngest taking part was an eight-week-old baby girl called Holly. Another was Headway member Errol Drysdale, who was in a wheelchair.

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Acts included Bollywood Dance London, Zumba, Sensical, Cut-A-Shine and Swing Patrol, with live music by Funk Soul Brothers and the Craven Braves.

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