Music, dancing and quizzing to help raise charity funds

Two internationally known DJs, Esref Ulas from Sheffield (DJ Muzu) and DJ Amos De Roover of Manchester are hosting a 24-hour online Salsathon via Facebook to help raise funds for The Stephen Hughes Foundation.
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The aim is to provide a fundraiser and feel-good music event to raise spirits during this incredibly challenging period.

The event will combine Latin music, dance, comedy, magic, chat, a quiz and bring together DJs and participants from across the world.

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Over 30 artists and DJs from countries including the USA, Lithuania, Trinidad and Tobago as well as the UK will be performing.

There will be a different guest every hour, playing music, teaching dance routines including Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba, Cha Cha and Merengue.

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It is hoped that people joining the event donate a small sum via Virgin Money Giving to request a song to be played or for joining a dance session.

The Stephen Hughes Foundation has had all events postponed since March 2020 due to COVID 19.

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It has raised over £75,000 since 2016 towards its stated aim of ‘Saving Young Hearts’ and this event will provide a massive boost towards reaching its aspirational target of £100,000.

The charity was set up in memory of Stephen Hughes who passed away in October 2014, just nine days short of his 24th birthday after a six-month battle with Giant Cell Myocarditis.

Up to that time Stephen, who graduated from Sheffield University, lived life to the full.

The theme of ‘One Amazing Life’ is built into the charity’s logo because he packed so much into his 23 years and was known and loved for inspiring and helping others.

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Stephen’s friends and family set up a registered charity in early 2015 as a legacy to him and to build on the great work that he had begun in his school.

Since that time they have raised over £75,000 through a range of events including football tournaments, race nights, quiz nights, music events, sponsored walks, a Christmas Fayre and marathons to name just a few.

The Salsathon takes place via Facebook on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 of January.

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