Bolton Wanderers' Under-23s take on Danceathon for Comic Relief

Bolton Wanderers' Under-23s went from throw-ins to throwing shapes on Thursday to encourage fans to dig deep this Red Nose Day.

As Strictly Come Dancing presenters Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly completed their 24-hour Comic Relief Danceathon in the BBC Radio 2 studio at the beginning of the week, raising more than £1 million, Wanderers' youngsters decided training was a time for dancing - and sporting Red Noses.

Taking to the club's indoor dome facility which was constructed courtesy of funds provided by the BWDA (Bolton Wanderers Development Association), the Whites' Under-23s team decided on popular children’s song Baby Shark to show off their skills.

Adorned in Comic Relief’s iconic Red Noses, the players took time out of their busy training schedule to encourage the generous support of the North West to raise vital cash to help change lives across the region, the rest of the UK and abroad.

During the danceathon, Harry Brockbank said: “I can’t say I’m used to breaking into dance during training, but today has been more than worth it! Money raised for Comic Relief changes lives not just abroad, but right here on our doorstep.”

Joe Muscatt meanwhile added: “We’ve taken on our own danceathon today to encourage our fans and the people of the North West to donate this Red Nose Day.

"Whether that be a simple money donation, a bake sale or doing a silly dance, put on a Red Nose and do whatever you enjoy to raise life-changing cash!”

Since last Red Nose Day, the money raised has funded 221 projects and organisations right here in the North West like the Birchall Trust, which supports survivors of rape and sexual abuse in South Cumbria and North Lancashire.

They offer one-to-one weekly therapeutic counselling sessions and play/art/sand therapy at four locations. They also offer support and information for families of survivors and run a programme to raise awareness and a further educational programme to prevent future abuse. In 1991, the year they launched, the Birchall Trust received five referrals.

Since then they have worked with thousands of child and adult survivors of abuse and their loved ones.

The Danceathon has seen Claudia and Tess busting those all-important moves night and day throughout Radio 2 programmes, all in support of this year’s Red Nose Day which returns on Friday 15 March.  

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