Caring centre in a spin over dancers’ funding boost

Dance group Mackenzie Movies have raised another £500 for the Louise Hamilton Centre. Members are pi

Dance group Mackenzie Movies have raised another £500 for the Louise Hamilton Centre. Members are pictured with Maxine Taylor, fundraising coordinator. Photo: PCE - Credit: PCE

Dancers have two-stepped their way to another donation to a palliative care centre in Gorleston.

Mackenzie Movers, who meet at Cliff Park in Gorleston, have raised a further £500 for the charity which supports the Louise Hamilton Centre in the grounds of the James Paget University Hospital.

The centre for patients, families and carers who are dealing with a life-threatening or prolonged illness offers counselling, relaxation sessions, complementary therapy, art classes, and a knitting group among its caring services.

The group comprises dancers who were part of the former Diane Mackenzie dance class.

It holds two sessions a week, featuring ballroom, Latin and sequence dancing.

The group has supported the Louise Hamilton Centre for the last three years raising over £3,000.

Maxine Taylor fundraiser for the centre said: “I would like to thank Jackie and Barry for continuing to support the centre but also all the dancers who attend as they have helped in getting this fabulous total.

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“Well done and keep dancing.”

The donation follows a £10,000 funding boost from an oil and gas exploration and production company.

The Apache Corporation has handed the money from its charity fund to the Louise Hamilton Centre.

The donation suggestion came from Mike Farrow who is an offshore medic working off Aberdeen.

His wife works for the James Paget and has close ties with the Louise Hamilton centre.

When Mr Farrow heard the Louise Hamilton Centre needed £250,000 a year to operate he went to the Apache North Sea Bond Charity Programme and made a case for a donation to its committee.

The committee consists of senior managers and operational directors looking at making donations that have a meaningful, long lasting and maximum impact on communities.

They agreed wholeheartedly with Mr Farrow’s proposal.