Regular fund raising events have taken place over the years in aid of Hartlepool's Alice House Hospice. This involves fun ‘Strictly’ based competitions and social events. To date, over £25,000 has been raised for Alice House Hospice. At various times of the year our younger pupils visit care homes to entertain the residents. Carol visits primary schools on a regular basis teaching the children various genres of dance, most recently at Jesmond Road Primary School for their first world war subject, ending with a Blackout Ball.
'STRICTLY' SALSA KIDS!
On Friday 25th September I held Hartlepool’s first Inter-school ballroom dancing competition in aid of Hartlepool & District Hospice called ‘Strikly Salsa Kids 2015’. The children did not realise how much time and commitment was required but they certainly rose to the challenge. Over the course of the three months, the children were taught Waltz, Tango, Cha Cha and Salsa, together with an opening team dance to Uptown Funk and finishing with a team salsa dance to Danza Kuduro.
The night of the competition arrived. The children opened the evening with a parade of honour behind their school banners to a reception of 450 proud parents and teachers cheering. The atmosphere was electric. Every school cheered their couple as they danced their waltz and tango, but when the children performed their salsa, wow, the cheers raised the roof!The louder the cheers the stronger the shimmies from girls and boys alike! The standard of dancing was very impressive. They all danced amazingly. As well as the Primary Inter-School competition, pupils with special needs from Springwell School gave a fabulous demonstration of Rosettes Foxtrot, Tango and Samba as well as their freestyle routines to lots of cheers of encouragement.
The first of the new annual ‘Strikly Salsa Kids Inter-School Team Match was a night that these children will remember for the rest of their lives.
The total handed over to the Hospice was £5,100.00. Thank you to everybody involved in the evening.
Following the success of the first 'Strictly' inter-school event another one was organised. This time with 11 schools - 100 kids having fun and raising money too for their town's Hospice. Another great night - and over £6,000 was raised. Here's to the next one!