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Bournemouth Town Centre BID Exec takes on the tango for charity

Clare Rhodes, Operations Executive at Bournemouth Town Centre BID, is taking part in Business Come Dancing this November, raising money for Pavilion Dance South West (PDSW) and the Bournemouth Hospital Charity’s mini scanner appeal.

Clare Rhodes is swapping the office for the dance floor to represent Bournemouth Town Centre BID at the annual Business Come Dancing event this November. A fun and flamboyant occasion, now in its sixth year, it puts the cha-cha into charity fundraising, raising thousands for good causes over the years. This year the money will go to PDSW to support their outreach efforts and work with dementia and Parkinson’s disease patients, and to Bournemouth Hospital Charity’s mini scanner appeal.

Both causes play a big part in Clare’s decision to take part, and she is also hoping to shine a light on the invaluable work of Bournemouth Town Centre Business Improvement District (BID), a not-for-profit company which works to make the town centre a safer, cleaner and more eventful place.



Clare will join contestants from businesses across the Bournemouth and Poole area being paired with professional teachers to learn a dance from scratch. After just a few weeks of rehearsals they perform in front of a panel of judges at a spectacular black-tie gala night.

With the help of her professional partner Mandy Henderson, who travelled the globe dancing professionally for a decade, and now teaches Pilates and dance full-time, Clare will be taking on the dramatic Argentine Tango.
Clare said:
“I was lucky enough to get the Argentine Tango – a huge challenge for someone with two left feet, but I can’t wait to have a go! I’m delighted to be supporting two such incredible causes, and hope people will get behind me and help me reach my fundraising target. I’ll be doing my best to master the steps and put on a good show on the night!”

Mandy Henderson, Clare’s professional partner, said:
“I’m looking forward to sharing my passion for Argentine Tango with Clare as well as choreographing and performing with her.”

Paul Kinvig, COO of the BID, said:
“We’re delighted to see Clare taking on this dancing challenge to raise money for such worthy local charities. Good luck Clare!”

The event takes place at the beautiful Pavilion Theatre Ballroom on Friday 23rd November and will be compèred by BBC Radio Solent presenter Steve Harris. Each contestant must raise a minimum sponsorship of £250.00, and all proceeds will be shared between two charities – PDSW and Bournemouth Hospital Charity, the charity for The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

To sponsor Clare visit https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Clare.Rhodes

For more information about Bournemouth Town Centre BID, go to towncentrebid.co.uk/, follow them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/makeitbmth, or look for @makeitbmth on Twitter.

To learn more about the charities, see https://www.bhcharity.org/; https://www.pdsw.org.uk/support-us/bcd2018/