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Dancers are in pole position for showcase

AERIAL ARTISTS from across the Post area showed off their skills at a special night on Saturday.

 

The dancers, who specialise in pole fitness and aerial hoop, put together a special showcase at Bersted Park Community Centre to help raise around £800 for the charity, Village
Friends.

 

There were three acts during the ‘Night of Dance’, which included solo and group performances and a special chair routine from The Golden Girls, who learn with instructor, Sue Thompson, at the Laburnum Centre in Bognor Regis.

 

Other performances were from students who train across Sue’s venues in Chichester, Bognor Regis and Littlehampton.

 

Trustee of the charity, Elizabeth Folman, said: “The show was a wonderful community event, with a lovely atmosphere.

 

“The performers were great and I was so impressed by their professionalism and technical skills, particularly their stamina, control and discipline.

 

“The funds raised were amazing and will enable Village Friends to hold three social events this year for those people we visit, covering the costs of hall hire and catering, and also what will be a real bonus, as we will be able to provide specialist transport for some of our most frail clients.”

 

This isn’t the first time Sue, of Pole Passion, has held an evening to raise money for charity.

 

In March last year, an evening organised by Sue raised more than £900 for My Sister’s House, a charity supporting vulnerable women in Arun and Chichester districts.

 

The previous year, over £500, as well as tinned and non-perishable goods, were given to the Bognor Regis foodbank.

 

Sue said: “We are absolutely delighted with the huge success of our event again this year and really pleased we raised such a good sum for a really worthwhile charity.

 

“We wanted to do something to help people with dementia, as many of our students have relatives who are suffering with this.

 

“After reading that social isolation was a predictor of dementia, I decided that Village Friends was a great opportunity to make a difference in terms of preventing this heartbreaking condition.”

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