Harrogate District Hospital Has Talent


Friday 28th Jan saw a fantastic night of fun and fundraising at Revolution in Harrogate. My wonderful colleagues raised 2106.15p for MSF by singing, dancing, panto horsing and monologing! My Blood Pressure also raised by around 40mm on the night but it was worth every mm!

I am incredibly moved by the kindness and generosity of the people I work with. Their willingness to get up there and perform or to come and support is truly inspiring. The fact that they have made this by far the biggest fundraiser so far is testimony to this generosity.

My friends Rachel and Chris are currently working on a DVD of the night which will be available soon and will be a nice record of the acts.

I would like to thank all who performed, ran the raffle, covered the door entry, organised the acts, sold the merch and gave up their night to help raise money for MSF I would also like to thank everyone from the audience who gave their hard earned money to MSF (and the bar!!). Finally, big thanks to JSAV who provided the lights and sound equipment at no cost and Jez the manager at Revolution who was fantastic. His willingness to assist in every way he could was much appreciated.

To see photos from the night please click HERE. If you have pictures you would like to add please email them to me at den0172@hotmail.com



Spinning Challenge - Newburn Activity Centre


Today 9 lovely and committed people joined me for a 2 hour spinning Challenge. Brian our instructor led us along some beautiful imaginary roads - in the alps. My fellow cyclists have been raising money for MSF via the walk a2b project and there will be an update of the total raised in due course. I would like to thank everyone involved including Sam our photographer. I have to reserve a special thank you to Sara Donnison for organising the event and putting up with me in general . Thank you all for helping MSF.

Click HERE for photos from the Spinning Challenge


Blues Without Borders

A fantastic day of music at the Blues Bar Harrogate from Adam Westesterman, Jen Armstrong, Lobo, The Pete Oliver Band featuring Sharon Colgan with Owen James and Scapegoat Kelly.

This event raised £700 which now moves the total near to £7000 and 40% of the target. The bands were wonderful and gave their time for nothing. Thank you all.

I must also thank Matt Stephenson for organising the whole thing, Lucy Barrow for selling raffle tickets, supporting me in the lead up to the day and general greatness. Sharon and Simon Colgan owners of the Blues Bar need a special mention. The event happened because they were kind enough to host the event. Not only this but they also provided raffle prizes , donated from bar profits and gave the money that would have gone to the performers to MSF. What can I say but thank you for your kindness.

For photos from Blues Without Borders click here


A cup of tea and a slice of cake


A cup of tea and a slice of cake - What can I say? I continue to be amazed at the kindness, generosity and commitment of my friends. Gilly Spence and Howard Richardson ran a Tea /Coffee/Bun/Cake riot in Studley Roger today. It was to say the very least a success. I was in Studley earlier in the week and gave a talk about the walk . Today I spent 5 hours chatting and drinking tea with the customers while the workers slaved away over hot sinks and kettles in the kitchen.
When the dust (and the glitter from the buns) settled MSF was £683 to the better. Add to that £95 raised at the talk and this has been a fantastic week. I met nothing but interested and interesting people on both days and look forward to some further fundraising ideas as a result. I am humbled by the lovely kitchen crew – Howard, Gilly, Karen, Bev,Cathy,Louise and Mia and how hard they all worked. Thank you and thank you to the people who came and donated to MSF.

Click here for photos of this event.


Burlesque Without Borders

This attempt at publicising Walka2b involved beautiful women removing their clothes and gyrating. Burlesque Without Borders, 21st October 2010 at the Elbow Room, Leeds,was a memorable night of burlesque, music and dance. We raised £1053 and a fantastic night was had by all.
I would like to repeat my thanks to Lily La Belle for her fantastic organisation, to the wonderful performers, specifically the unique Duke Wayward who compared in style. Finally I would like to thank everyone who came and made the night such a fantastic experience. I hope the sight of my buttocks didnt ruin it for too many of you. 
For photos of this event click here

Here is the Dr Kill Dare Video :


walka2b - MSF Charity Walk - Dr Kill Dare from Andy Dennis on Vimeo.

Burlesque Without Borders 2

Friday 11 March 2011 - as promised Harrogate’s best ever Burlesque night. Burlesque Without Borders came to the ‘gate and the joint was rockin’. Over 200 people came along and went wild to the amazing performances of our stars. I think that the photos speak for the night but here are a few quotes from our audience:

For Photos of the night click HERE
“Awesome night thank you to everyone and I hope loads was raised xxxxx”

“Well done to all of you, was an amazing night, loved it!!!! Another one please when you back Andy!! :) xx”

“Hat's off to you guys for a fab evening. Certainly showed Harrogate what all the fuss is about. Hope you raised loads. Come back soon. x”

“We all had a great time, count us in for next time!”

The night was a huge financial success for Medecins Sans Frontieres. £1878.01 was raised and has been added to the fundraising total.

I suggest everyone on Facebook follows the lovely Lily La Belle and pours pressure upon her to sort another when I am back.
I would like to thank everyone involved especially the following :

Compere : Duke Wayward a staple of any Burlesque night
Outdoor Fire Performance from: Alex Roldan - he'll set your heart a-blazin'!
Music From:
 Biscuithead & The Biscuit Badgers - musical marvels! Check out their website - amazing !
Burlesque From:
Adelina le Shay - Leeds' most sophisticated shimmier!
The Dandy Inferno - gorgeous boylesquer with flames!
Bettie d'Barbarella - super sexy pinup lady!
Lolita Latex - naughty but nice!
Mhia More - curvaceous beauty - you'll definitely want more!
Sian de Lier - a classy lady to get you all steamed up!
Lily La Belle - wiggly genius and Burly organiser extraordinaire.

Millinery Catwalk from Quinnell-Hill Millinery

Raffle Prizes From:

Quinnell-Hill Millinery - voucher for a bespoke hat.

Varietease - tickets to May show.
Contemporary Salon - voucher for cut and blow dry.

Bettie d'Barbarella - burlesque lesson.

Bean & Bud Harrogate-Fantastic Box of goodies and a voucher.

Em Brulee - Handmade Fascinator.

Kelly Teggin Hairdressers Knaresbrough Voucher for Cut Colour and blow dry.

Fab Solutions Harrogate voucher for a Facial treatment.

With huge thanks to the following people:

Peter McGeever - Audio Visual Operative
Chippy Bardon and Dusty Walker - Slaves
Rachel Burrows - Filming
Fairy Cake & Stellar Noir - Maids
Rob Fullam - Photography
Amanda Hughes and Sarah Whitaker - Cupcakes
Mr la Belle - Doorman
Nikki Morris - Art Cards
Adrian Salamon, John Hunt & James Ward - Magic
Harrogate Theatre Scenic Services- Props
Claire Thompson - Raffle Sales
Jacob Todd - Flyer design
Ladies of Harrogate ITU and Physiotherapy - Group Photos
Matthew Williams -Massive help and Enthusiasm setting up 

A cup of tea and a slice of cake 2

Sunday 27th March 2011 saw the return of the best tea,coffee and cake gig in the county. Gilly Spence and Howard Richardson organised the day magnificently and put together the same team as the first event back in October. The Village Hall at Studley was heaving from 1100 , we had lovely weather and huge enthusiasm to support MSF. In all £964.64p was raised which is phenomenal. I cannot thank Gilly and Howard and the rest of the team enough for the amazing effort they have put into this. Truly wonderful friends and great supporters of MSF.

Please click HERE to see photos from the day