Redditch belly dance ‘hafla’ lifts hundreds to ease pregnancy ailments

Big-hearted Redditch belly dancer Emma Whete-Price hosted a fundraising charity dance party, or ‘hafla’, at the Rocklands recently, in aid of the Evesham-based charity ‘Action for pre-eclampsia”.

Emma is a belly dancing teacher and holds two charity haflas a year and last week in Headless Cross dancers from across the Midlands, Redditch joined in the fun, including guest star Maria D’Silva who has traveled from Leicestershire for the event.

“Altogether 130 people participated and in addition to the dancing there was also a souk, a raffle and even a belly dancing contest for men!” said Emma.

“The total raised that evening was £800 which will be donated to Action on Pre-eclampsia.”

Pre-eclampsia is a condition that affects pregnant women, causing high blood pressure and sometimes swelling of the feet, ankles, face and hands, severe headaches, vision problems and stomach pain .

“I chose this charity because I fell ill with early signs of pre-eclampsia at 26 weeks pregnant with twins.

“The condition rapidly worsened and I was transferred to a hospital in Liverpool by ambulance.

“With only a few days at home here and there, I spent six weeks in hospital in Liverpool, Gloucester, the Alex and finally Worcester Royal where my twins were born at 30 weeks and weighed just 2lbs 9 and 3 books 5.

“I then suffered from eclampsia and ended up in intensive care, along with the boys being rushed to the neonatal unit. My boys spent a total of 50 days in hospital before be allowed to return home.

“So much is still unknown about this condition and the scary statistic is that a pregnant woman dies every 6 minutes in the world from pre-eclampsia. So I wanted to support the work that Action on Pre-eclampsia is doing. to fund research.

To date, Emma and her team of belly dancers have raised over £16,000 for local charities.

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