Tuesday, 28 September 2021

Dancers make a show of raising money

A DANCE group from Wargrave raised £4,360 with a charity show.

A DANCE group from Wargrave raised £4,360 with a charity show.

About 200 pupils from the Madelaine Kelly School of Dancing performed at the Bearwood Theatre in Wokingham with routines including ballet, tap and modern dance.

Dancers from pre-school to adult age groups took part, while parents volunteered backstage to help out with hair, make-up and costume changes.

The group presented cheques for £2,000 to Daisy’s Dream and the NSPCC and £360 to the Arrhythmia Alliance.

Madelaine Kelly, the school’s founder and principal, said: “Our shows take a huge amount of time and work for our wonderful teachers, pupils and parents, so it’s important this effort is put to good use. We’re so pleased that we’re able to make a significant contribution to Daisy’s Dream, who have supported some of our students in the past. I’d like to say thank you to everyone who helped us achieve this.”

Daisy’s Dream helps children and families dealing with bereavement and serious illness. It costs £350,000 per year to run the service, most of which comes through donations. Claire Rhodes, a fund-raiser for Daisy’s Dream, said: “We receive no government funding for our services, so we’re so grateful to organisations such as this for their support.

“The talent and professionalism of the dancers was outstanding. Their efforts really paid off both in terms of a fantastic show and the superb amount raised.”

The Berkshire branch of the Arrhythmia Alliance was set up in memory of five-year-old Lilly-May Page, who died from sudden arrhythmic death syndrome in May last year. It helps install defibrillators in schools.

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