Jerusalema dance challenge at Barry Island for Lesley Francis

This morning a group of dancers traveled to Barry Island to perform the Jerusalema Dance Challenge – a special dance reel on the song Jerusalema which was performed around the world – in memory of Lesley Francis who lost her battle with cancer.

Ms Francis was a member of the HydroFitness women-only gymnasium and a friend of gymnasium manager Anna Prince, who helped organize the event.

Despite the gray skies, people still went to the beach wearing Lesley’s favorite colors – blue and white – and dancing on the sand, led by Lesley’s son Nick.

“Lesley would have loved every minute of it,” Ms Prince said.

“Everyone seemed to be having fun and really enjoying it – Lesley would have loved the hustle and bustle and being on the beach. She loved dancing and she loved the song.”

You can watch the challenge here.

People gathered on Barry Island to participate or watch, including Jane Hutt who praised the “fantastic support” and the people raising money for Marie Curie.


Charli Thomas, corporate and community fundraiser for Marie Curie Wales, said it was “beautiful” to see events in person again and the challenge was in memory of Lesley “who loved this dance”.

A fundraising page aims to raise £ 500 for Marie Curie in memory of Lesley.

It has already been raised over £ 300 with cash donations – given via the gym and at the event – still ongoing.

“I don’t know how much was collected for Marie Curie,” Ms. Prince said.

“But once we find out, we’ll be sure to update everyone.”