Charity variety show for Rainbows Hospice finds pot of gold

READY TO ROCK -- members of the Bodybeatz group before the variety show
READY TO ROCK -- members of the Bodybeatz group before the variety show

A SPECTACULAR variety show featuring a crop of some of Hucknall’s finest young performers stepped into the spotlight in the name of charity.

The action-packed attraction at the John Godber Centre on Ogle Street involved the Bodybeatz dance school, which is based at JR’s Olympia gym on Watnall Road, and Lovelace Juniors drama group, which is based at the John Godber.

Through ticket sales, raffles and a cake stall, the show raised £644.50.

The total was the highest amount collected yet at the annual event, which has now been running for five years. In total, it has raised more than £2,000 for good causes.

The latest cash pot is in aid of the Rainbows Children’s Hospice in Loughborough, which provides care for ill youngsters across the East Midlands, including the Dispatch district.

More than 40 performers took part in the variety show, with the youngest being aged just six.

A packed audience of more than 170 enjoyed an hour-and-a-half of dancing, singing and acting.

Featured items included unique takes on the hits, ‘Never Say Never’ by Justin Bieber and ‘Higher’ by The Saturdays.

The show was again put together by Rebecca Mayes, who runs Bodybeatz and is the choreographer for Lovelace Juniors.

Rebecca launched the event — along with an annual show in October — when she took on Bodybeatz five years ago.

As usual, the performers played a crucial role in deciding the format of the attraction and helped with some of the routines.

“I was amazed by how much we raised,” said Rebecca. “It was our best show yet by some distance and it went down a storm.

“It is great to be able to do our bit for charity.”