Dance event a huge success

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The organisers of a dance event held in memory of the late Charlene Griffiths and Michaela Bradley have revealed they have raised more than £18,000 for charity - with money still coming in.

Charlene Gormley who organised ‘So you think you can dance’ with her sister Katrina said the phenomenal success of Saturday night’s event showed the esteem which was felt for the two girls and how much they were loved and missed.

The Male Ballroom dancers pictured at the Everglades Hotel. (0403SL43)

The Male Ballroom dancers pictured at the Everglades Hotel. (0403SL43)

Tickets for the event in the Everglades Hotel sold out weeks ago - with a huge level of local support.

“I am so glad everyone enjoyed themselves,” said Charlene Gormley. “The dancers were all very nervous but they were out at half time shaking those buckets to raise the money. We had a lot of help from both the Bradley and Griffiths families and that made it all the more special.”

The ballroom dancers clinched the top prize on the night beating off stiff competition from the zumba dancers, cheerleaders and Irish dancers.

“We are overwhelmed we raised more than £18,000,” said Charlene. “You just look at the picture of Michaela and Charlene and it breaks your heart.

“Everyone can relate to their story because we all know someone who has been affected by cancer.

“I would just like to thank the staff at the Everglades Hotel who have been so supportive, all the people who did the hair and make up and made the costumes.”

All the money raised will be spilt between the Sperrin Rooms at Altnagelvin Hospital and the Donegal Hospice.

Charlene and Katrina say the event has been so successful they have decided to make the dance night an annual event.