Good show for hospice

Francis McAllister, director of fundraising at Hartlepool and District Hospice and Sister Denise Shepherd accept the cheque from members of Affirmation Dance School.
Francis McAllister, director of fundraising at Hartlepool and District Hospice and Sister Denise Shepherd accept the cheque from members of Affirmation Dance School.

THOUGHTFUL dancers have boosted the coffers of a hospice after putting on their first show.

The newly-founded Affirmation Dance School, based in Hartlepool, raised £680 for Hartlepool and District Hospice.

The money was raised after the dance school’s members put on a show at The Camerons Club, in Waldon Street.

The group, which has 18 members aged eight to 18, meets at Owton Manor Primary School hall on Sundays from 4pm-6pm.

Their moves are based on commercial street dance and funk.

Charlotte Stevens, who set up the school, said its aim is more about having fun than having the pressure of competitions.

Charlotte, a former St Theresa’s Primary and English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College student, said: “I wanted to give the money to something in Hartlepool and look after our town rather than it going to something out of town. “The show was fabulous.

“We had raffles and bingo and all the parents made food.

“It was just amazing, especially as it was our first show.”

Charlotte, 20, added: “We are going to do one in December and are going to start up again on August 28, when we will start preparing for the next show.

“Our members have done really well - these girls have never danced before.”

Charlotte, who is in her third year of a performing arts course at the University of Teesside, has been dancing since she was three.

She danced with Elwick Academy of Dance, where she also teaches.

Hospice events and community facilitator Greg Hildreth said: “It’s great that new groups like this want to support us and we are delighted with the results.

“It was a great pleasure to hear all about this event and we look forward to attending the next one.

“On behalf of the hospice, I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone at Affirmation for their fundraising.

“Every penny raised will now go towards our patient care services.”

Charlotte said members of the dance school also raised £800 towards running costs and group tracksuits by taking part in a three-hour walk from Brierton Community School to Seaton and back.

Anyone interested in finding out more about the dance school can call Charlotte on 07584 201504.