Video: Line-dancing Brough trio step up for 24-hour danceathon
THREE die-hard line dancers hoedowned their way through a 24-hour danceathon.
The friends managed to toe-tap and side-step from 9pm on Friday to 9pm on Saturday to raise money for Dove House Hospice.
Nik Smith, Sally Gregg and Mel Thompson raised more than £2,000 during their challenge, which took place at Blackburn Leisure Sport and Social Club, in Brough.
Sally, 49, of South Cave, said: "It was absolutely fantastic. It was an amazing feeling of achievement.
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"When we started off, I was very nervous and feeling a bit sick, because I knew it would be tough.
"But we had friends and relatives who came along to support us who popped in throughout the day."
The idea to hold a 24-hour line dancing challenge was conjured by tutor Nik.
The 42-year-old, of east Hull, said: "I've done charity stuff for Dove House before so I suggested to the class I teach that we do a 24-hour dance.
"When I said it, everyone looked blank but then Mel said yes and then Sally came on board as well.
"We peaked at different moments during the day, so the most energetic person would keep the others going. There was a bad point at about 4pm when all three of us felt down and tired and fed up and I think at that point we could have happily stopped.
"But at 5pm Mel picked up again and then we followed her."
The plan was for the team to enjoy a duvet day on Sunday, but they were so excited about their accomplishment they went back to Brough for a celebratory lunch.
Mel, 48, of Brough, said: "We were comparing blisters on Sunday. We have achy feet but all feel absolutely amazing.
"We had a chat and we think, in two years' time, we'll be ready to do it again.
"It was one of Nik's dreams to do a 24-hour dance and we've all done that now.
"It was great."
Just before 9pm on Saturday, the trio were joined by family and friends, who counted down the last few seconds before they could stop.
Nik said: "We've all bonded more now as a result.
"It was a one-off experience and something we will always remember."
The final fundraising total has yet to be tallied, but they believe they have raised more £2,000 for Dove House Hospice.
Anyone else wishing to sponsor them can call into the Blackburn Leisure Sports and Social Club, in Prescott Avenue.