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Cha cha fun helps raise £7k for breast care fund

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: October 21, 2013

18/10/13 ballroom fund-raising event - Branston Golf and Country Club Pavillion Ballroom Dancing fund-raising event at Branston Pavillion to help raise charity.Giselle and Serena Dyche

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GOLF club members swapped their clubs for sequin dresses and dance shoes to raise nearly £7,000 for charity.

Branston Golf and Country Club, off Fairway, hosted its first dance competition in a bid to raise much-needed funds for the Burton Breast Care Fund.

Nine couples took part in the dance-off in a bid to win the coveted glitter ball glass trophy.

Linda Odell, event spokesman, told the Mail: “The club supported the competition brilliantly, even allowing aspiring champions to practice in the studio and Pavilion.

“Nine couples danced for a prestigious ‘glitter ball glass trophy’, which was organised by the club captain Philip Gill.

“The event raised just under £7,000.

“There were also generous donations of prizes for the flash mob raffle from a range of different people and businesses including the Cake Shelf, The Winery, Branston Golf and Country Club, Heaven Scent, Tom Chambers (the actor who was on Strictly Come Dancing), The Shine Group, the Thai restaurant at Barton Marina and Mark Taylor, which was the use of a Porsche.

“This was organised admirably by Donna Hughes and Bev Doughty, who also calmed the competitors in the green room.

“There was a demonstration from some young dancers, a buffet and a disco.

“John Moore held the evening together memorably, with the four judges courting controversy and disagreement.

“Each couple had to have a table of guests and raise a minimum of £200 for the charity.

“Tangos, jives, waltzes, rumbas, salsas, fusions and cossack dancers were in the fray and the champions in the end were Laura and Paul Spencer, from Stretton.

“The couple who raised the most sponsorship money were ‘The Treble Niners’, who collected more than £900 between them. A good time was had by all.”

A repeat performance is to take place in January entitled ‘It’s Showtime Folks, For One Night Only – Branston On Tour’.

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