‘It’s about making life better for others’

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A Limavady woman involved in organising an annual charity programme has revealed close to almost £100,000 has been raised in the last six years.

The money raised by ‘Dance Fever’ events go towards seven charities.

The DS Stompers team at the Dance Fever dance off on Friday night. 43120KDR

The DS Stompers team at the Dance Fever dance off on Friday night. 43120KDR

Angela Miller Linton, one of the people behind the growing annual charity programme, told the ‘Journal’ that since the first ever event in 2011, Dance Fever has received tremedous support locally.

“We are £1,100 short of our target of £100,000,” said Angela, “and it’s amazing the support we have had over the six years People have been unbeievable and no matter what you ask they help.”

Angela hopes to reach the £100,000 mark with a bag pack this weekend at Tesco in Lisnagelvin and through a football match, whichh is currently being arranged.

“I can’t believe it has been six years and we have raised so much money. When we held the first event we thought we would raise £3,000-£4,000, but we raised £15,000-16,000. We couldn’t believe it, and it’s been around the same every year. It’s amazing,” said Angela.

When we started out six years ago, it was to make life better for people so, if we have helped even just one person, then that’s brilliant.

Angela Miller-Linton

One of the best aspects about fundraising for ‘Dance Fever is meeting so many people.

“I can’t believe just how many people I got to meet over the years and how many new friends I have made,” said Angela.

“People are so good to give up their time and whatever you ask for they give.”

Underneath the fun of Dance fever, said Angela, there is a serious message and through supporting 14 charities over the years they have touched many lives.

“When we started out six years ago, it was to make life better for people so, if we have helped even just one person, then that’s brilliant,” said Angela, who is quick to point out that while she may be heavily involved in the organisation of events it is a team effort with other volunteers.

“No one will tell you different that I do the bossing and it’s everyone else that does the work,” said Angela , laughing.

“Seriously though, the people that make this work are brilliant and go above and beyond what you expect,” she said.

“What has surprised me over the years are the people whpo go out of their way to donate.

“It’s always the ones you don’t expect who give you the fiver or tenner. It’s taught me never to judge people and really restored my faith in people and their kindness. I can’t thank everyone enough.”