Steps raise stacks for kids charity

Winning dancers Ruth Woodhead and Alex Mason. Picture by Ben Craven Photography.
Winning dancers Ruth Woodhead and Alex Mason. Picture by Ben Craven Photography.

A first dance competition for cha-cha-charity raised thousands of pounds for a national children’s charity.

Ticket sales and donations to the first Let’s Dance at Halifax’s Square Chapel raised a staggering £6,000 for the NSPCC.

Eight local couples took to the tiles and entertained an audience of more than 200 guests with steps from the Argentine tango, the jive, pasa doble and the waltz.

The winning couple were Alex Mason and Ruth Woodhead who performed the Jive and scored an impressive 39 points from the judges and were awarded a special glitter ball.

Alex and Ruth, said: “We have been practising for weeks and it really paid off on the night. We enjoyed ourselves so much and had a wonderful evening. Thanks to everyone who attended and supported us.”

Dancing couples, from Halifax, Huddersfield and Bingley, were Nicola Scott and Mark Baxendale danced a Jive, Jennifer and Howard Naylor danced the Paso Doble, Sarah Haworth and Andy Wade danced the Cha, cha, cha, Jo Wood and Jamie Brundell danced to Rock n Roll, Lynda Gianotti and Jon Nichols danced the cha cha cha, Veronica and Stephen Allinson danced the Mambo, and Glenys and Ian Kendall danced the Argentine Tango.

Helen Verity, NSPCC community fundraising manager, said: “What an absolutely brilliant evening we had. So emotional, the support and community spirit was truly amazing. I would like to thank everyone who was involved in organising the event, the dancers and our generous audience. We raised a fantastic amount of money to help protect more children from abuse.”

To take part in next year’s event contact Helen hverity@nspcc.org.uk