Meadowhall tea dancers raise toe-tapping figure for charity

Meadowhall’s dedicated tea dancers who meet in Centre every week to waltz the morning away raised almost £2000 for Yorkshire Air Ambulance last year, bringing their overall tally to more than £11,000 since 2005.

Every Monday, the toe tapping dancers meet from across the region to get their weekly dose of dancing and socialising at the popular get-togethers, accompanied by a live band.

As well as enjoying the event and meeting friends, many of the regulars also bring in baked goods and home-grown fruit in exchange for donations to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance charity as well as host a weekly raffle with prizes including retailer vouchers from Meadowhall.

Doreen Smith, along with Christine and Michael Walker, heads up organising the tea dance fundraising and has been a member since the tea dance began over 20 years ago. She said: “The prizes were a lovely incentive for people to come down initially but we have all made a lot of friends along the way.

“We’re very proud to be supporting Yorkshire Air Ambulance, and to have done so for the last 12 years, it’s an amazing cause and we believe that every little helps!”

Darren Pearce, Meadowhall Centre Director, said: “The tea dance is a fantastic event we love hosting in Centre, the team are constantly fundraising, celebrating and bringing plenty of laughter to our Monday mornings.”

The cheque for 2016’s total has already been presented to Yorkshire Air Ambulance.