Bellydancing for the hospice

Vanessa Gooding (second right) with students (from left) Louise Douglas, Anne Hall and Jenny Carey
Vanessa Gooding (second right) with students (from left) Louise Douglas, Anne Hall and Jenny Carey

BELLYDANCING fundraisers walked like an Egyptian as they raised cash for a town charity.

Professional bellydancer Vanessa Gooding decided she wanted to organise events in aid of Hartlepool & District Hospice.

Along with her town students, Vanessa, 36, completed a sponsored walk from Seaton Carew to the Borough Hall, on the Headland.

And to boost the coffers of the Wells Avenue-based hospice even more, Vanessa then organised a bellydancing party for students and teachers throughout the North East.

The events raised £190 for the hospice, to the delight of staff and bosses at the facility.

Vanessa, a mum-of-one who lives in the Owton Manor area of Hartlepool, said: “The hospice is a really good cause and they deserve all of the help they can get.

“I was pleased to raise as much as we did, I would like to thank everyone involved for their efforts.”

Vanessa, who runs a bellydancing class in Hartlepool on a Wednesday evening, is now planning more events in support of the hospice and is set to perform at the Headland Carnival parade later this year.

Janice Forbes, community fundraiser at the facility, said: “It is really lovely that Vanessa and her students have chosen to raise funds for the specialist palliative care services we provide to the local communities of Hartlepool and east Durham.

“We look forward to working with Vanessa in the future and would like to thank her for her continued support.”

Francis McAllister, director of fundraising at the hospice, added: “This is a great way or raising money for a local charity and is a fine example of the support the hospice receives from the local community it serves.

“I would like to extend a thank you to Vanessa and her students.”

Vanessa’s belly dancing class runs on a Wednesday at the Jade Cook School of Dance, in the town’s Darlington Street, on the Headland from 7.15pm-8.15pm.

For more information call Vanessa on 07534 627975 or email