Putting on your dancing shoes will fund mosquito nets for children in Africa with Kington Langley-based charity Dance2Learn.

The charity receives money through donations and dancing events, including Salsa Source lessons in Pewsham Community Hall and Foxham Reading Rooms to buy more than 400 nets this year alone, which have saved many lives.

Mei Catherall and Silvia Cavaciuti, who run the charity, were inspired to launch it after visiting The Gambia for a holiday in 2008 and witnessing the poverty there.

“I came back and decided to start it to help the people living there,” said Mr Catherall.

“I just wanted to give something small back.”

At first, the charity focused on providing money for children living in The Gambia, but has since widened its gaze and hopes to raise thousands to buy mosquito nets to protect children across the continent.

“There are some really shocking statistics,” said Mr Catherall.

“A child dies every 30 to 40 seconds, and it really is totally preventable. The nets themselves cost £5, which includes the delivery and setting it up.”

The majority of the money paid for the dance lessons in Chippenham goes to Dance2Learn, which is then able to spend it on the mosquito nets.

“The lessons are £5 for one hour, with just £1 for a second hour,” said Mr Catherall.

The Pewsham lessons are at 7pm, and the Foxham sessions start at 7.30pm. Visit www.dance2learn.org or call 07841 775351 or 07542 495318.