Dance cash for Children in Need

21ST November 2011'Zumbathon at Pontefract New College, Park Lane, Pontefract'PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE
21ST November 2011'Zumbathon at Pontefract New College, Park Lane, Pontefract'PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE
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DANCE fever hit Pontefract on Friday as school and college students stepped up cash for Children in Need.

Carleton Community High School’s head boy Matt Price was part of a team that organised a Carleton Come Dancing event for pupils and teachers – raising £1,246 for the BBC appeal.

Matt, 15, who has professional dance lessons, said: “All the competitors put 100 per cent energy into their performances and the whole of the audience were cheering them on. The atmosphere in the room was electric and was enjoyed by everyone. First place was awarded to teachers Nicky Hird and Jonathan Turpin who danced the quickstep.”

At Pontefract NEW College, students held a sponsored zumbathon, concert and quiz, raising £260, while at The King’s School in Pontefract pupils collected 68kgs of pennies and 2p coins for the appeal.

Elaine Houliston, King’s School’s student services team leader, said: “We collected £1,167 and still have more coming in. It’s a fantastic achievement.”

Members of Pontefract Driving Instructors’ Association raised £416 by dressing as cartoon characters and collecting cash and Darran Hudson, from Glass Houghton, dressed as Doctor Who and collected £483 in Castleford town centre.