What better way to fundraise than to incorporate your hobbies? Breast Cancer Now supporter and Fitsteps instructor Sharon Wilson did just that with her Strictly Come Dancing-themed fundraiser.

Thursday 3 March 2016      Guest blog
Dancing the night away for breast cancer research

Dance yourself fit

Fitsteps was first designed by BBC Strictly Come Dancing’s Natalie Lowe, Ian Waite and British swimmer Mark Foster. Fitsteps incorporates dance and fitness so you can really ‘dance yourself fit’. The result is a mix of graceful ballroom steps and up-tempo Latin dances.

Fitsteps instructor Sharon Wilson got the idea to use her classes to raise money for breast cancer research, by putting on a Strictly-themed fundraising night.

“It was huge fun – everyone dressed up, cocktail dresses for the ladies and black tie for the gents.”

The evening started with Sharon teaching three dances, the cha-cha, American smooth and rumba. The music continued all night and the event also included a ‘bring and share’ buffet and a raffle packed with prizes kindly donated by local businesses, including Lechdale Festival Weekend tickets, vouchers for local restaurants and free hairdressing appointments. Sharon then taught another Fitsteps session teaching jive, quickstep, and the Charleston.

The power of dance

Sharon brought together 60 people for her event and plans to build on her success by hosting another Fitsteps fundraiser soon.

Sharon has been organising fundraising events for years and first began her fundraising journey with Breakthrough Breast Cancer:

“As for choosing the charity, I know quite a few people who have suffered with breast cancer over the years and indirectly know of people within my friends' families who have equally suffered. I have been fundraising for Breakthrough Breast Cancer for a number of years by various different means, so it was a no brainer when I decided to hold my charity ‘Strictly’ evening for Breast Cancer Now.”

Sharon's top tips

Sharon’s advice for others who are organising their own fundraising event:

  • Keep your planning committee small, but get all hands on deck for the day of your event: ‘My own experience is that you don’t actually have too many people involved in the initial planning. It’s much easier to keep control of exactly who is doing what and what needs to be done if there are only two or three people involved.’ But make sure you have enough people to help with running the bar or selling raffle tickets on the day!
  • Create a timeline of all the tasks that need to be done leading up to the event. This means you'll be able to effectively prioritise what needs to be done first, for example booking a venue.
  • Think about how you can use local clubs, cafes and the media to promote your event. Sharon placed local flyers in her Fitsteps classes to promote her event. You could also use social media to connect with those in your area and think about creating a social media page or hashtag so that other people can find and connect with your event.

Get involved

If you’ve been inspired by Sharon’s story, why not organise your own fundraising event? We’ve got all the information you’ll need in our free fundraising pack, so request your pack today and get started.

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We also have lots of lovely new pink promotional materials we can send you to help support your event. So please do get in touch with us on 0333 20 70 300 or email community@breastcancernow.org and let us know what you’ve got planned.