Community rallies to smash world record to help Whitley Bay mother

Participants in the world record attempt for the largest number of people to simultaneously take part in the Ooops Up Side Your Head dance. Picture by Pam Hordon
Participants in the world record attempt for the largest number of people to simultaneously take part in the Ooops Up Side Your Head dance. Picture by Pam Hordon

Friends of a terminally ill Whitley Bay woman have smashed a Guinness World Record.

The group organised the community record breaking attempt to help raise funds for Julie Goulding’s treatment and support Positively Pink breast cancer charity, based at North Tyneside General Hospital.

Julie Goulding and Helen Davis, who came up with the idea for the attempt. Picture by Pam Hordon.

Julie Goulding and Helen Davis, who came up with the idea for the attempt. Picture by Pam Hordon.

The aim was to beat the record for the largest number of people to simultaneously take part in the 1970’s dance floor classic Oops Up Side Your Head.

And organisers are confident they can claim the title after 333 people danced from their hearts on the running track at Churchill Playing Fields on Sunday, beating the current official record of 258.

Julie’s friends are aiming to raise £20,000 to meet the cost of vital immunotherapy treatment and support Positively Pink.

More than £2,300 was raised on the day after participants paid £5 to take part, boosted by local businesses who donated flowers, cakes and confectionery to sell and offered sponsorship support.

Julie said: “I just can’t believe that people can be so kind. I am absolutely delighted that so many people came along and took part.

“You will never know just how grateful I am for everybody’s support and what it means to me and my family.”

Julie, 52, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015, but after completing her treatment and a double mastectomy she received the devastating news that the cancer had spread throughout her body and her illness was terminal.

The record attempt was spearheaded by Julie’s friend Helen Davis, who initially came up with the idea during a fundraising evening last year. When the DJ played the 70’s dance hit at the event, she said the entire party took to the dance floor.

She said: “When the DJ played The Gap Band classic, the entire party flocked to the dance floor and everyone knew the moves, and it was then that I thought, I wonder if we can create a world record for the most people taking part in this dance. Fast forward a few months and we have done just that.

“I am absolutely delighted that it looks like we gone and smashed it; it was amazing to see so many people come together to support Julie and Positively Pink.

“Julie has loads of friends, but it wasn’t just her friends and family who came along, but the whole community.”

Organisers are now waiting for the official confirmation of the title.

Anyone interested in helping Julie reach her fundraising target can donate at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/julie-goulding