Waltzing away to raise cash for charity

The Over's Dance group presented a cheque to Murray Easton from Marie Curie.
The Over's Dance group presented a cheque to Murray Easton from Marie Curie.

A group of over 60s have been pulling on their dancing shoes to raise an amazing £3,000 for the Marie Curie Hospice.

The Over 60’s Dances started in Bishopbriggs in September 2008 and men and women have been enjoying dancing to the music of the big bands, Sinatra, 40’s and 50’s, and country favourites every month.

As well as having fun, the energetic club raised £3,000 for Marie Curie in 2013, bringing the total they have brought in for the charity to an amazing £12,784.

Andy Allan, who helps to organise the group, said: “The average attendance has been between 50 and 70 people and those who come along have a great time, and many have made new friends.

“Some who come along are quite happy to listen to the music and chat with friends, instead of dancing.

“Marie Curie was chosen because it is a local charity. The money raised comes from the £2 entry donation, plus cash donations and proceeds from the monthly raffle. The raffle prizes are donated by kind friends as well as regular patrons of the dances.

“Local shops in Bishopbriggs, Kirkintilloch and Springburn have been very supportive in allowing advertising of the dances, and of course The Herald has helped enormously by giving a mention each month in the various editions.”

The Marie Curie Hospice at Huntershill in the grounds of Stobhill Hospital helps and support many families throughout the district.

Murray Easton, fundraising manager for Marie Curie, said: “The commitment of the group is truly appreciated and it is a pleasure to attend their events. They always enjoy themselves, putting the ‘fun’ into fundraising.

“Their latest donation of £3,000 covers over 150 hours of Marie Curie nursing – a fantastic achievement.”