Sophie Ellis-Bextor's Danceathon Raises a Million

24-hour boogie was part of this year's BBC Children in Need

Sophie Ellis-Bextor being congratulated by her familySophie Ellis-Bextor being congratulated by her family. Picture: Sophie Ellis-Bextor/Twitter

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Chiswick-based singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor has raised over one million pounds for children's charities after dancing for a whole day.

Her 24-hour danceathon, which started this Tuesday (16 November) and finished the following morning, was part of this year's Children in Need fundraising effort and required her to not stop moving at any point.

Along the way she was joined by a number of celebrities including Tony Christies, Tony Blackburn and Gemma Collins as well as getting support from her mother Janet Ellis, her husband Richard Jones and her own five children.

The idea for the danceathon grew out of the Kitchen Discos she regularly streamed online during lockdown from her Bedford Park home and the trademark sparkly dresses made an appearance with a number of changes during the day.

Sophie became tearful towards the end of the challenge as it started to hurt having quipped earlier on that it would really be 'Murder on the Dancefloor' if the effort killed her. She sank to her knees as the last track, inevitably Dancing Queen, finished.

On completion, she said that she would be treating herself to a warm bath.

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November 21, 2021


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