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Thousands raised at Bhangra dance spectacular

More than 400 people enjoyed a great night out and helped raise more than £7,000 of vital funds for the Hospice at our Strictly Come Bhangra event last weekend.

Held at Kingshott School in Hitchin, it was a spectacular show full of colour and sound with 10 acts performing a variety of bhangra-inspired dance routines.

Hospice chairman Steve Mellish was part of the judging panel on the night, along with TV personality Harjap Bhangal and Hitchin-based TV presenter Supreet Bedi, but it was the audience who crowned their champion with eight-year old Sartaaj collecting the glitterball trophy. His permanent smile throughout the evening not only caught the attention of the crowd but was a great visual representation of a fantastic night.

Harjap Bhangal, a UK immigration lawyer who regularly features on national TV and radio show, commented, “The lead up to this event has given me the opportunity to really understand what this Hospice and charity is capable of; our community have a deep-rooted culture around caring for our extended families and often don’t want the support, but we need to reach out and get the support that is being offered here.

"The Hospice provide an unbelievable service and there is no shame in taking their specialist help, it is a free service. Garden House Hospice Care is a worthwhile and much needed cause and I am happy to support and champion the work they do."

Meanwhile fellow judge Supreet Bedi added, “What a beautiful Bhangra evening this turned out to be - a perfect 10! It was great to dress in traditional punjabi suit and feel connected to the roots whilst marking some fusion groove!

“Thank you Garden House Hospice Care for having me on your judging panel. I enjoyed every bit of it – amazing talent, great execution and our fabulous compere who enthralled us all. Kudos to the entire team for a flawless event and for such a wonderful cause. Thank you Hitchin for such an amazing time!”

Click here to see photos from the night on our Facebook page.

A big thank you to all our vendors, suppliers and our wonderful volunteers who all contributed to the evening, including:

- Kingshott School, for providing the venue for the evening.

- Punjabi Kitchen, in Hanwell, London, for providing the street food for the event and staff.

- DJ Bupps, Xtreme sounds, for supporting with sound and lighting

- Dance Fusion opened the event for us with their dance acts

- Host Your Party bar hire, for the pop-up bar for the evening

- Really Awesome Coffee, who brought along their coffee van


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