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Dancers (Of All Abilities) Wanted!

Dancers (Of All Abilities) Wanted!

Like to think you’ve still got the moves? Love having a boogie? Whether you’re an experienced mover or more a freestyle groover Pound Hill resident, Jayne Archer wants you to join her for a 12-hour dance challenge, for a cause close to her heart. 

Regular readers will know that we are closely following Jayne’s personal quest to raise £50,000 for charity Bloodwise (previously known as Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research). Not only a staggering target but one which she aims to reach by the time she turns fifty – in just three years’ time!

Bloodwise hopes to beat the 137 types of blood cancer – something Jayne feels very passionately about, as she sadly lost her husband Mark Henry Archer, suddenly to a rare blood cancer in 2010. So far she has raised more than £16,000 but still has a long way to go.

Her 12-hour danceathon, taking place in Tesco Gatwick Extra’s Community Room, from 9.00am on Saturday, June 4, is the latest novel fundraiser planned and she’d love dancers of all abilities to get involved!

“I do a personal challenge every year,” Jayne says. “Last year despite having a fear of heights I, along with 22 others, climbed the O2 raising £5,002. For 2016, after seeing the wonderful Dermot O’Leary do a day of dancing for Comic Relief, I was bitten. I knew 24-hours without the support network of the BBC would be a step too far, but 12 hours feels more achievable. I love dancing, and music is a huge part of my life as it was Mark’s. 12 hours will be a huge challenge.”

Whether you’ve got two left feet or you can shake it like Beyoncé, Jayne and her team want you to shimmy on down!

“During the day I would love dance classes, clubs, theatre and keep fit lovelies to come along and take over for a stint. I will still be dancing, but it will give me and the public some variety. While it’s just me and my supporters we will alternate between disco, line dancing and salsa.”

“If you are shopping in Tesco on June 4, like a boogie and want a five-minute break from the trolley full of food. Please pop along, say hi and for a donation have a little dance!”

From 7.30pm, Jayne will be dancing en-route to the nearby Holiday Inn Gatwick Airport to complete the last two hours of her challenge and enjoy a celebratory party, until midnight – where everyone is invited to join her and a posse of super-troupers!

“I am looking forward to hearing all the great songs I love over the day, this will hopefullykeep me going,” she laughs.

“Sharing this adventure with my dear friends and the thought of dancing the last hour with everyone at the party will be a great memory to hold – hopefully raising lots of much needed awareness
of the Mark Henry Archer Tribute Fund at Bloodwise.”

To purchase your evening party tickets (£10.00pp) or to takepart during the day, email Jayne on: Jayne can be sponsored via her JustGiving page: or visit

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