Marathon dancers raise more than �12,000 for Hackney charity Headway

Movers and shakers took part in an eight hour-long endurance challenge at the weekend, raising money to support people affected by acquired brain injury.

More than 80 dancers and 100 spectators supported the Headway Dance Marathon at the Rich Mix cultural centre in Bethnal Green Road on Saturday (February 26).

They raised more than �12,000 for brain injury charity Headway East London, based in Kingsland Road, Hackney, with more sponsorship money set to come in this week.

This was the charity’s third annual dance marathon. The previous two events have raised more than �25,000.

Organiser Sandra Ma said: “In terms of dancers and participants it was our largest to date. It went really well.

“It is an event that appeals to a lot of people. Dancing is quite universal, and is a great activity because all of us have the capacity to do it – it doesn’t matter about your age or ability.”

Dancers took part in competitions and learnt new dance styles to live music.

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Dance troupes such as Bollywood Dance London, Cut A Shine and Swing Patrol kept everyone on their feet.

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