'It's better to give than to receive'
What a brilliant time Jazz on Tap had at the 2021 World Record breaking attempt Tapathon.
On Sunday, November 21, dancers in Nailsea and nationwide put on their tap dancing shoes for Pudsey to help break a new world record, while raising money for some of the UK’s most disadvantaged children.
It was an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest tap dancing event was being planned across the UK in aid of BBC Children in Need.
And age or tap dancing expertise was no barrier for taking part in Tapathon 2021.
At hundreds of locations across the UK, Tapathon 2021 aimed to break the Guinness world record for the largest tap dancing event to be held simultaneously at multiple events, which currently stands at 7,596 people.
The organisers and creators of Tapathon, The Performers Project, with the support of BBC Children in Need, have choreographed the tap dance routine to one of the UK’s biggest selling singles, ‘I’m still standing’ by Sir Elton John and they hope to break the world record with more than 10,000 tappers of all ages dancing the routine.
Performers Project director and former professional dancer, Joanne Greenhalgh said: “No matter what your age or your ability, Tapathon 2021 needs your support. Tapathon is a great opportunity for none dancers and trained dancers to come together across the UK and tap their way into the Guinness book of world records, while raising money for BBC Children in need.”
Nailsea dance teacher Michelle Bedford said of her performers: “You all looked amazing and danced so well from the youngest which was five year old Sophie to the oldest dancer.
“And well done to our virtual dancers and thank you so much to our faithful team of helpers.”
Donations from pyjama week in class and the cake sale plus the generosity of 2nd Nailsea Scout HQ they raised incredible £287.50 or Children in Need.
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Put on your dancing or walking shoes and raise money for cancer support charities.
Alternatively, you can pedal for pounds or ride a sparkly unicorn with precious pets in fancy dress.
Here is just a small round-up of Nailsea people doing their bit to help others.
Golden Valley Vets staff got dressed up in rainbow hiking hues and accompanied by a fantasy unicorn did a half marathon tour around Nailsea and planned to compete another half marathon at the end of October.
A spokesman said: “Thank you all for the donations so far.
“One of our student nurses, Rebecca, is battling a rare and very aggressive form of leukaemia.
“This was very sudden and unexpected.
“It has rocked us, so we are doing what we do best, teaming together and supporting Rebecca by raising money for Leukaemia UK.”
To donate go to Leukaemia UK.
And in an update we can report they raised marvellous £2,340.85.
Cadbury House spa and gym staff donned pink T-shirts and completed a peddling marathon in their foyer while survivors and supporters held their annual fundraising pink party at Nailsea & Backwell Rugby Club.
Nailsea & Backwell Rotary president Clive Hawkins who is the former bank manager at the now closed HSBC branch in Nailsea spent the summer on an epic bike ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats for several cancer charities and some closer to home too.
His 14-day Pedal Britain mission netted £5,724 and it still open for donations.
Nailsea Community Group and the British Red Cross will also benefit from this ride.
Go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/clive-hawkins1 to donate.
And a flagship fundraiser called Macmillan Mighty Hikes also asks people to compete marathon and half marathon distance hiking challenges
This encourages families and friends to go on one-day sponsored hikes and have a fantastic day out while raising money for people living with cancer.
Bath and North Somerset Macmillan Cancer Support fundraising manager Kaeti Morrison took part.
She said: “It was a great day - full of energy and enthusiasm, laughter and cake – and importantly every step you take and every pound you raise will help Macmillan ensure no one faces cancer alone.”
And Nailsea PR person Jo Hanley joined thousands of others who walked 62 miles this October with their four-legged friends for Cancer Research UK.
There are many we haven't mentioned but a big thank you goes to all
On Sunday, December 5, Children's Hospice South West Santa's on the Run Goes Freestyle at Ashton Court Estate, Bristol or take part virtually! Get your tickets and start fundraising - www.chsw.org.uk/santas