Greek night raises £1,600 for Axminster Flamingo Pool

PUBLISHED: 14:00 14 October 2016 | UPDATED: 09:38 19 October 2016

Belly dancer Gina Bellygees in action at Kilmington Village Hall

Belly dancer Gina Bellygees in action at Kilmington Village Hall


Kilmington village hall hosts a sell-out evening of music and dancing.

They came bearing gifts when Kilmington hosted a Greek-themed evening to raise money for Axminster’s Flamingo Pool.

The event, in the village hall, was a sell-out success and raised almost £1,600 for the charity.

Locals, Flamingo Pool supporters and volunteers enjoyed Greek styled surroundings, traditional Greek food, music and belly dancing.

After initial reticence, the dance floor soon filled with those wishing to try out their belly dancing skills and the hip-worn coin belts under the guidance of Gina Bellygees. By the end of the evening, there was dancing around the tables to Zorba the Greek.

Organiser Dana Haydon-Sycamore said: “We were delighted to see so many of our local community have fun whilst supporting the Flamingo Pool. It was a huge team effort that resulted in a great evening and a successful event.

“We would like to thank Gina Bellygees for the fabulous entertainment, Shirley Parris, Elaine, James and Megan Voysey, Neil Pollard, Richard Peacock, Caitlin Haydon-Sycamore, Liz Stonex, Beryl Barr and also Jane Broom, Alison Vickers, Diana Church and their respective partners for their time and hard work in ensuring that the event ran smoothly.”

The Flamingo Pool’s fundraising efforts are to help with the ever increasing costs of running of the pool and for a project to assist elderly, disabled and vulnerable members of the community. The Flamingo Pool welcomes supporters, donations and sponsorship.

The Flamingo Pool, a self-funded charity boasts a 25m pool, the country’s first 6m2 hydrotherapy pool with therapeutic pressure jets, open to the public and one of only two Aquagym’ in the South West of England.

Both pools are disinfected by Ultra-Violet (UV) light so that the level of chlorine in the pools is approximately a third of a normally disinfected pool.

Anyone can use the Flamingo Pool for swimming, Aquafit, Aquagym, swimming lessons, lifesaving, swimming clubs, family fun, inflatable sessions and training courses.

For more information, contact 01297 35800 or

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