Strictly charity for Cardiff dancers

Kim Jackson at Wales Salsathon 2010

Dancers in Cardiff are celebrating after raising over £5000 for a Welsh charity. 

More than 30 dancers took part in this year’s Wales Salsathon, the UK’s only a six hour salsa dancing marathon. Entrants raised a total of £5,200 for George Thomas Hospice in Cardiff. And thanks to match funding from the Jane Hodge Foundation, the hospice is set to benefit from more than £10,000. 

The Wales Salsathon was created in 2008 by salsa dancing teacher Kate James as a unique and exciting way to raise money for the hospice. With this year’s total, more than £17,000 has been raised through the previous three Salsathons. 

Kate said, “I am absolutely delighted with the success of this year’s event. All the entrants danced their socks off to reach this target and have proved once again how generous the people of south Wales can be. 

“Everyone is still buzzing with excitement at this achievement, especially at a time when we’re all feeling a strain on the purse strings. I am already planning next year’s event and am confident that yet again the salsa dancing community will be out in full force to support the event.”

Top sponsor prize went to Kim Jackson for raising a staggering £1,528. It is the first time that Kim, who heads up Newport and Cardiff based accountants HSJ, has taken part in the event and after this year’s success he’s already looking forward to next years. Kim said, “I have always loved dancing and spent much of my youth in dance competitions all over the UK, so I jumped at this challenge to dance for charity. A dedicated page at showed my training progress and linked straight to my fundraising page so all my sponsors could see the target I set myself and my progress towards it. I actually beat my target and I am so grateful for all the support I received from friends and HSJ clients”