12:16 Wednesday 01 January 2014

Fund-raisers set to hit dance floor for charity

Written byROB SMYTH

GOLF club members who put down their clubs and took to the dancefloor for charity are to do it all again – and are looking to smash a previous fund-raising total of £7,000.

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

The event was such a success that organisers decided they had to do it again with ‘It’s Showtime Folks, For One Night Only – Branston On Tour’ on Saturday, January 25.

Linda Odell, event spokesman, told the Mail: “We honestly did not think that the event would do so well.

“But tickets sold out in minutes, there were many people who wanted to come who couldn’t.

“So, after raising £7,000, we decided that we had to do another show for all those who could not attend first time around.

“The new show sold out just as quick and we are now making preparations for the big night.”

Nine couples who took part in the original dance-off will be back to wow the crowds along with professional dancers, pupils from the Pat Miller School of Dance and choir singers from Tutbury.

“It has been a fantastic thing to organise and once people get involved, they really love it,” added Linda.

“It took a lot of hard work from a lot of people to put the first show together, but it was worth it in the end when we raised so much cash.

“I do not like to make a prediction on how much we will raise but I hope to better the total from before and want people to dig deep to help such a great cause.

“We chose to help the Burton Breast Care Fund as the money goes to do such great things, and we hope that whatever we collect helps make a difference.

“I have been fund-raising for many years but I have still been struck by the popularity of what we have done here.

“It must be down to the fact that programmes such as Strictly Come Dancing have really been big hits.

“We are readying to put on a great show and hope people enjoy it.

“Everyone seemed to have fun last time and all people have to remember is that all the money is going to such a great, local good cause and, really, that is all that matters.”

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