Dancing Queens groove to Abba for 24 hours for Comic Relief

Dancing Queens, from left, Sue Manning, Hayley Hirst, and Donna Horne, staff at Brooke House Care Ho

Dancing Queens, from left, Sue Manning, Hayley Hirst, and Donna Horne, staff at Brooke House Care Home, start their 24hour Abba-thon for Red Nose Day. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

Staff at a Brooke care home danced back in time to the 1970s as part of a Red Nose Day challenge.

Brooke House raised money for Comic Relief with a 24 hour “Abba-thon”.

Starting at 3pm on Friday, the three “Dancing Queens” moved and grooved to Abba songs until the same time on Saturday.

Involved in the challenge were senior support worker Sue Manning, home manager Hayley Hirst and activities coordinator Sue Manning.

The trio successfully danced for 24 hours despite feeling a few aches and pains at the end.

In total more than £550 was raised for Comic Relief.

Mrs Hirst said: “It was a very successful challenge; we had a lot of support which was great.

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“It was extremely tiring. One of us would go for a ten minute break here and there but we were pretty much always on our feet moving.

“I got home at 5pm on the Saturday and just slumped onto the couch.”

The staff were supported by rolling Abba tracks and disco lights.

They decided to take part in the challenge as they were all Abba fans, as well as the care home’s residents.

Mrs Hirst said: “The residents always enjoy it when our visiting entertainer Felicity Moore sings Abba songs so we thought we would get in the Comic Relief spirit and do something to entertain them as well as raise money.

“We had Abba’s songs on a continuous loop playing all their quicker songs, and we even sped up their slower songs.

“We might have listened to them for 24 hours straight but we still love Abba, we are not sick of them and it was well worth it.”

During the 24 hours, M and B Catering from the King’s Head in Brooke sold barbecue food and a Cherry Drops Candy Cart sold sweets, with a percentage of the takings going to Comic Relief.

The home also supplied drinks, and sold balloons and glow sticks for the charity.

Across the region thousands of people took part in fundraising for Comic Relief.

Did you do any fundraising for Comic Relief? Email kieran.lynch@archant.co.uk