On 7th September 2013, a Hula-Dance and Choir Concert fundraising event was held on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral, London.

Organiser, Rohini Rathour, said: “I wanted to do a fundraising event that would be challenging but fun, and a bit different. My friends and colleagues spent months training and rehearsing, first by learning how to Hula-hoop and then by doing choreographed dance routines whilst hooping.”

The hoop-troop are a group of amateurs, most of whom learnt to hula-hoop only a few months ago. The group totalled 20 hula-dancers with over 50 years between the oldest and the youngest performer, who was just eight years old. The dancers were backed by about 100 members of Pop Choir who sang well-known pop classics and gave the event gravitas.

On what proved to be the last sunny day of the summer, the concert drew crowds of supporters and tourists who contributed nearly £800 through bucket collections and T-shirt sales on the day. The hoop-troop have so far raised £13,000 towards their target of £20,000.

Funds raised are being shared between two children’s charities: The Honeypot Children’s Charity provides respite care for young carers in the UK, while our own Raindrop Campaign helps provide education to children in impoverished communities in India.

Rohini explained why: “We did this for children who have to grow up before their time and for those who grow up with nothing.”

To support the hoopers, you can donate at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/hooptroop.

We hope you enjoy watching some of the performances as much as we enjoyed taking part.

Watch ‘Waterfalls’ – just one of our routines

Listen to the Pop Choir singing ‘Somewhere’ from West Side Story

Hear the choir sing ‘PayPhone’

And here we are rehearsing on the day before the show

To donate, please click this link

Hula-Dance and Choir Concert