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Pier dance show raises thousands for 'vital' Cromer mental health charities

PUBLISHED: 11:43 21 June 2019 | UPDATED: 11:49 21 June 2019

A charity dance show held at Cromer Pier has raised thousands for mental health support in the tow. Pictured, (L-R), Joy Cresswell, from Empathy, Marlene Duniam, from Marlene's School of Dancing, Cromer mayor Richard Leeds, and Kathryn Sault, from Empathy. Photo: Marlene's School of Dancing/Natalie Day

A charity dance show held at Cromer Pier has raised thousands for mental health support in the tow. Pictured, (L-R), Joy Cresswell, from Empathy, Marlene Duniam, from Marlene's School of Dancing, Cromer mayor Richard Leeds, and Kathryn Sault, from Empathy. Photo: Marlene's School of Dancing/Natalie Day

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A dance show inspired by a tragic spate of deaths in a north Norfolk town has raised thousands for two charities working to support those affected.

A charity dance show held at Cromer Pier has raised thousands for mental health support in the tow. Pictured, (L-R), Marlene Duniam, from Marlene's School of Dancing, with Cromer mayor Richard Leeds. Photo: Marlene's School of Dancing/Natalie DayA charity dance show held at Cromer Pier has raised thousands for mental health support in the tow. Pictured, (L-R), Marlene Duniam, from Marlene's School of Dancing, with Cromer mayor Richard Leeds. Photo: Marlene's School of Dancing/Natalie Day

The Cromer Pier mental health charity dance show saw dancers, performers, and choreographers from the town's Marlene's School of Dance take to the stage in aid of two mental health charities.

And the final totals raised by the show have now been revealed, with a total of £3,173.80 going to charities Empathy Suicide Bereavement, who support those who have lost a loved one to suicide, and Share As One for Mental Health, who aim to provide community-based support to those struggling with their mental health.

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The event, held at Cromer's Pier Pavilion Theatre on Thursday, April 25, also saw £432.99 that was raised from bucket collections.

Dance teacher Natalie Day said: "We presented the cheques to the ladies of Empathy along with the mayor, Richard Leeds.

"We hope it will really benefit them - Empathy have a few locations at the moment but they run from their homes so it gives them that availability to travel to see and support people.

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"I really hope it will benefit them and keep them going for a little bit longer.

"With any charity, every penny is vital.

"It's so tragic when it happens but it's the aftermath - how these families have to cope.

"They're not left on their own but they have to deal with it. It's just as important as trying to prevent it in the first place."

Kathryn Sault, from Empathy, said: "We're so grateful to Marlene for the donation. It was so good to have the show and their support.

"It means we can continue to provide support without worrying or being concerned about how we're going to pay for it.

"We're using it for our travel costs, refreshments, printing posters and leaflets, as well as our lending library of books which we hope will help people understand and come to terms with what's happened to them."

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And Jenna Bedwell, from Share As One, added: "The money from Marlene was really important."

The charity have earmarked some possible funds for training new volunteers, as well as for activities during their drop in sessions, creating a website, and providing first aid, DBS checks and fire marshalling.

Share As One is in the process of registering as a charity.

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