Charity based in Hammersmith and Fulham wins prize worth £1,000 to revamp studios

West London dance charity based in Hammersmith and Fulham has won £1,000 for DIY and decoration materials to refresh its dance studios.

DanceWest, an award-winning charity funded by the National Lottery and Arts Council England, won the prize as part of Leyland SDM’s Give London a Lift campaign, which has been running since 2021.

The charity provides access to free dance, health and wellness programs across Brent, Hammersmith & Fulham, Hounslow, Richmond, Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston and Westminster, to improve mental wellbeing and physical.

Rosie Whitney-Fish, Founder of DanceWest, said: “This award from Leyland SDM is a huge boost.

“We are really delighted to receive this support.

“These materials from Leyland SDM will allow us to carry out work and make our home even more welcoming to the thousands of people who use them.”

The Give London a Lift program started in 2020 and was backed last year by England and Arsenal footballer turned pundit Paul Merson.

Run by home decor and DIY specialist Leyland SDM, which has 32 stores in London, the scheme has donated £10,000 of materials over the past 12 months to support good causes.

Winners in 2021 included Brixton Soup Kitchen, Acton Arts Project, The Brompton Fountain, South London Refugee Association, Dalgarno Trust and Caxton House Community Centre.

Jonathan Jennings, CEO of Leyland SDM, said: “We are delighted to be able to support DanceWest and the work they do in West London.

“We have now provided £20,000 worth of material to 20 different groups over two years and it has made a difference for many people.

“We are proud to be at the heart of our hometown communities.

DanceWest is currently running a reduced schedule in its studio and in the community in light of the Omicron wave, but typically engages 36,000 people in 70 weekly classes in west London.

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