RSM Basingstoke’s 12-hour danceathon raises £1,900 for veteran’s charity

A 12-hour danceathon event held at RSM’s Basingstoke office has raised £1,900 for Combat Stress, the UK’s leading charity for veterans’ mental health. 

The event took place on 6 May and involved dancing from 8am to 8pm. It featured music from across the decades going back to the 1960s, along with a ballet lesson, and bhangra session. A veteran who has personally used the charity to help him with his PTSD made a guest appearance along with his assistance dog. Organisers of the event Sue Thorn and Suzanne Williams took part, with colleagues including Bev Harfield and Sue Brown, friends and family members also attending to provide their support. 

The Basingstoke office voted to raise money for Combat Stress, which was elected as its ‘charity of the year’ in 2019. Combat Stress offers specialist treatment and support to former servicemen and women with mental health issues including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, anger and alcohol and substance abuse.

RSM Basingstoke has already raised £4,250 for the charity through previous fundraising initiatives.

Sue Thorn, manager at RSM UK, said: ‘Although two years later than originally planned due to lockdown, the danceathon was a huge success. It was a great opportunity for us to combine fitness with raising money to support Combat Stress, which is a brilliant charity that makes a life-changing difference to veterans.’ 

Maggie Mills, senior corporate fundraising office at Combat Stress, said: ‘We’d like to say a huge thank you to RSM for its latest fundraising initiative and continued support over the years. The money raised from the event will help significantly in enabling us to give veterans the treatment, care and support needed to shape the future that they desire.’