Homewood’s Dance Dash raises thousands for Children In Need
Homewood School and Sixth Form Centre ‘did their own thing’ in a big way for BBC Children In Need on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 November, celebrating 25 years of their annual Dance Dash around Ashford and the Weald.
The marathon event beat all previous records, raising over £3,000 across the two days as the school’s talented dancers performed a 5 minute choreographed routine at dozens of locations including schools, shops and supermarkets.
This year two teams took part: one visiting primary schools in the Weald and the other covering schools and other venues in the Ashford area, with collections made at each venue.
Additional fundraising activity at the school has so far raised another £1,300, taking the total to a mighty £4,300 and helping to bring the amount the school has raised for Children In Need over the last 25 years to an estimated £75,000.
To help mark their fundraising milestone the Homewood dancers were joined on the Saturday by ten former students who had taken part in previous dashes, spanning the last 25 years. The starting point was Ashford’s County Square and the route included visits to nearby Tesco superstores at Park Farm and Junction 10 on the M20, with a finale in front of Tenterden Town Hall.
“This event has become very special to us,” said Homewood dance teacher Emily Harris who organised this year’s dash and herself took part in the event as a Homewood student.
“The dancers put their heart and soul into their performance which, as always, was well received by our audiences and we have raised a remarkable sum for this worthy cause.”