Dress up, donate, dance


Cast your mind back. When was the last time you really let your hair down and had a good old boogie? Remember the last disco you went to? I know – it seems a lifetime ago, but don’t despair, dig out those glad rags, and get ready to party because Clare Cosson and her “Follow the call of the Disco Ball are back, with a vengeance !!

For those of you who came along to discos at the St Mary’s Centre in Lion Street, Rye, will remember what a great time we all had, as you are never too old to have fun and you proved it!

Despite the current restrictions, “Follow the call of the Disco Ball” is at it again, but under the lockdown guise of “Disco Infurlough”, as Clare is not only hoping to lift your spirits, but to raise both money and awareness of DKMS, the stem cell donor register at dkms.org.uk.

You may remember a story in Rye News just before Christmas, The Season for Giving  featuring Jess Angel’s story about her friend and her search for a bone marrow donor. Well, her friend is Clare Cosson and, with her third cancer diagnosis, Clare is lucky to have two potential donors – but there are many others like her that are not so lucky.

The difference between life and death

With only 2% of the UK population signed up to the register for donating and a 30% chance of finding a match, it really is the difference between life or death. And so a charity disco was born to raise much needed funds, but also awareness, that she hopes will lead to more donors.

In conjunction with Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet, DJ Lord Anthony will be playing all your favourite, feelgood 70s & 80s tracks, and dancer Andrea Rose will be getting everyone up and boogying to all our old favourites including Car Wash, Night Fever and of course Disco Inferno – all from the safety of your own home, and all you need is access to a computer / laptop and you’ll be good to go.

The theme for the night is red – think DKMS logo, blood (cancers) but also red shoes, red dress, hearts – after all Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and what a way to have a bit of fun. There will be a best outfit competition and a dance off, too, with amazing prizes so generously donated by the wonderfully talented Brighton based artist & author, Hannah Shillito and the equally fabulous earring maker, Lady Boo.

A good cause with a subtle message. Please do join in and, whilst online, why not consider signing up to the DKMS donor register at the same time?  We have all probably harboured a secret dream of being a superhero one day and save a life, well that day has arrived, now is your chance to make a difference.

Get your diaries out and make sure you get involved and ‘do your thing’ at the 2021 Disco Infurlough, Saturday February 13, 8-9pm.

A donation will get you a ticket, anything from £10 but hurry, over 20% of tickets have already sold so go now to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/disco-infurlough-tickets-137779150147 and have a look at the DKMS website and haventstoppeddancingyet.co.uk and Instagram addresses: @Hannahshillito.art, @ladyboosalutesyou, @djlordanthony and @andrearosedance.

Despite all life’s challenges, music is still a great comfort and something we can all take pleasure from, and “the show must go on” and a bit of light relief is just what’s needed to get us all through this, so see you on the virtual dance floor.

Image Credits: Disco Infurlough , DKMS .

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