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Bexley charity receives donation of £620 from dance school

PUBLISHED: 07:00 26 February 2018

From left, Geoff Norris, Jim Tarrant, Duncan Wilson, Alison Wilson, Adrian Hubbard and John Sebastian. Picture: Centrepieces

From left, Geoff Norris, Jim Tarrant, Duncan Wilson, Alison Wilson, Adrian Hubbard and John Sebastian. Picture: Centrepieces

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A Bexley charity waltzed off with a £620 cheque thanks to a fundraising event by a local dance school.

Geoff Norris, co-ordinator of Centrepieces, a mental health arts project based in The Lodge at Hall Place, received the giant cheque from members of the Dunton Green School of Dancing.

Individuals at the ballroom and Latin American dance school near Sevenoaks have previously acted as tutors and volunteers at Centrepieces, which promotes mental health recovery through painting, sculpture and other art forms.

Mr Norris said: “We are tremendously grateful for this donation.

“We are entirely staffed by unpaid volunteers and donations are used to buy resources and cover the costs of office space.”

The charity, founded in 1999 by a group of local artists, holds regular exhibitions and sales of artwork produced the 100-plus members of all abilities who take part in its activities.

Centrepieces provides the resources for people to participate in art workshops and activities, and to exhibit and sell their artwork.Karen Larkin, a volunteer and now assistant co-ordinator at Centrepieces, first attended the workshops when experiencing anxiety and depression.

She said: “It’s helped me build up my confidence and now I can help other people.”

John Sebastian, a member of the Dunton Green dance school, said: “We are delighted to have raised funds for Centrepieces through a special dance and social evening.

“We chose to support Centrepieces because of its dedication to improving members’ mental health through art projects and seeing first-hand some of the amazing paintings and sculptures that have been created.”

The organisation’s work centres around an effort to improve the confidence, well-being and self-esteem of people suffering with mental illness, while offering an opportunity to build a social community and promote a better understanding of mental health to the wider public.

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