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, 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 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.