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Staff from Grove Cottage, Bishop's Stortford stage danceathon to boost funds




Staff from Grove Cottage turned Sworder's Field into a boogie wonderland earlier this month and raised much needed funds.

Mel Mose decided to stage a danceathon to boost funds for the London Road centre which is home to Bishop's Stortford Mencap, and which provides social and educational activities for people of all ages with a learning disability.

And after a six hour stint of non-stop dancing at the bandstand, along with fellow staff member Lynne White, more than £850 was raised leaving centre managers delighted with the first fundraising event since the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mel Mose doing a six-hour danceathon to raise funds for Grove Cottage. Mel (front Centre) with fellow dancers. Pic: Vikki Lince. (50428515)
Mel Mose doing a six-hour danceathon to raise funds for Grove Cottage. Mel (front Centre) with fellow dancers. Pic: Vikki Lince. (50428515)

Mel, whose brother Josh attends the centre, said: “I wanted to get involved with supporting the wonderful work they do. I started as a volunteer and after a couple of months I was offered a job at one of the Saturday clubs which I was thrilled about, and now I work at several clubs throughout the week."

She added: “I have wanted to do a fundraiser for Grove Cottage for a while now and I thought a danceathon would be a fun way for people to come together, have a laugh and a boogie!"

Grove Cottage community fundraising manager, Jeannie Philip, was full of praise for the dynamic dancing pair, who she said kept moving even when they were having lunch.

Mel Mose did a six hour danceathon to raise funds for Grove Cottage. Pic: Vikki Lince. (50428517)
Mel Mose did a six hour danceathon to raise funds for Grove Cottage. Pic: Vikki Lince. (50428517)

"Mel took it very seriously and we had a few children joining in along with some of our members," said Jeannie.

She added a company called Imagination Dance came along at around 12.30pm and held a session.

With £540 raised from Mel's JustGiving page, a further £310 donated on the day helped swell the centre's coffers.

"It was great having our first in-person fundraiser event and to have Mel be the one who decided to do it is just amazing," said Jeannie.

It costs £400,000 per year to run Grove Cottage, but it does not receive any national funding.



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