FUNDRAISERS put their best dancing feet forward at a festive charity event.

Peter Middleton’s Rhythm of Life Afternoon Tea Dance, which took place on Saturday, December 1, raised £333 pounds for Andover and District Mencap in time for Christmas.

The afternoon tea dance was held at the United Reform Church Hall, with the group waiving its normal £5 entrance fee, instead asking attendees to donate an amount whatever they felt able to.

The public danced waltzes, jives and tangos to the live popular music from The Rhythm of Life band, which played old favourites such as Cliff Richard and some jolly Christmas tunes.

Mencap’s Brilliant Drama group demonstrated a dance it is working on for its Big Show in February.

Club leader Cat Randle said: “Our drama group loves dancing and it was wonderful to find another venue where we can relax and enjoy what we do best.”

After a break for homemade cakes and tea, Ken and Jacinta White, members of the England Amateur Ballroom Dancing team, danced a Christmas themed performance and demonstrated a professional waltz.

Chris Dixon, Andover and District Mencap chief executive officer, said: “The government cuts are making life harder for all charities in the third sector.

“We have been amazed by Peter and his hard work to support Andover and District Mencap. We are grateful for support from all areas of our community.”

The next Afternoon Tea Dance will be in February.

For more information search for TheRhythmofLife on Facebook.