Yarmouth teen ‘gutted’ after danceathon falls flat

Some of the charity dancers that hotfooted it the the Lichfield Centre on Saturday.

Some of the charity dancers that hotfooted it the the Lichfield Centre on Saturday. - Credit: Taila Wiltshire

Just a handful of people took up the challenge to dance non-stop in Southtown, Great Yarmouth, after a key contributor pulled out and announced the event had been cancelled.

Taila Wiltshire, 17, who has boosted money-raising for the homeless with her danceathon despite a la

Taila Wiltshire, 17, who has boosted money-raising for the homeless with her danceathon despite a last-minute hitch. - Credit: Taila Wiltshire

Organiser Taila Wiltshire had hoped some 100 people would move to the music without a break for six hours on Saturday, to raise money for local homeless charities.

But she was dismayed when a partner organisation withdrew at the last minute because of illness and announced the event would not be going ahead.

However the determined teen pressed ahead rallying friends and family and pulling in the help of local housing charity The Anchorage Trust to fill the gap.

Despite being let down the 17-year-old from Great Yarmouth said she had been heartened by the many small acts of kindness and support on the day, Saturday.


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The ill-timed hitch meant there were fewer movers and shakers than expected, but on the day a solid troupe of less than a dozen put themselves their through their paces to raise £119 for local homeless.

Miss Wiltshire said: 'I was really gutted. I was so looking forward to it and we had done so much work trying to get it organised. The lady at the Lichfield Centre gave us the hall for free because she felt sorry for us and also donated £10 which I thought was lovely.

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'I am not going to give up and will try again.'

The marathon dancing challenge aimed to see 100 people take part in an unbroken boogying session from 10-4pm on Saturday. In the event just a handful turned up with some people dropping in to donate, boosting their money-raising efforts.

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