Abbeywood care home in Aldershot staged the first round of its Strictly Dancing fund-raising.

The home transformed its lounge and dining hall with a disco ball and lights, and let competitors take to the stage for a change to win a place in the next round.

Around 40 people attended the fundraiser, including residents, friends and family.

Even the staff got involved, kicking the evening off with a performance of Singing in the Rain and Grease Lightening.

The event is held across all Anchor care homes that wish to take part and enter their own contestants.

Ando Ho, Activities Co-ordinator at Abbeywood, said: “The event was really good. The final will be held in London later in October.”

The dancing competition received lots of support from the local council and the three judges included Waverley Borough Council member Councillor Pat Scott,  Project Officer for Surrey County Council Sunita Loi, and professional dancer Marc Trott.

The competition did not just provide entertainment for the residents of the home but it also raised some money and awareness for contact the Elderly and Age UK.

The care home has future plans to hold a country and western night as well as coffee morning all in aid of charities.

Anda Said, “more men are needed to join the care sector in order for the country to cope with the increase in older people needing care. Women currently make up 82% of the care workforce, and just 4.2% of working men work in health and social care.”



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