Bank Holiday dance bonanza raises over £4,000 for children’s charity | Action Medical Research

Bank Holiday dance bonanza raises over £4,000 for children’s charity

6 May 2014

The Elizabeth School of Dance put on six performances over the Bank Holiday weekend at the Ramsey Academy, Halstead, raising £4,000 for children‘s charity, Action Medical Research. 275 performers aged from two years and upwards danced in the event titled AM2PM. The dancing gala is run every other year and to date has raised over £14,000 for the charity.

Liz Barrow, Principal at the Elizabeth School of Dance and member of the Action Medical Research Halstead Committee, commented: “All of the students worked so hard to make this a fantastic event and I’m so proud of every single one of them. We are all delighted that the money raised will be used by the charity to make a positive difference to so many children’s lives.”

Photographer, Brian Fleming takes pictures of the performances and donates all of the money he raises from the performers’ friends and family who buy his photos to Action Medical Research. A raffle run at the event raised a further £1,000, including matched funding from the local branch of Barclays Bank.

Lucy Hynes, Community Fundraising Manager, Action Medical Research, commented: “It was great to be invited along to this big community event. It was incredibly professional and very well organised. I was blown away by the amazing costumes – I don’t think I’ve seen so many changes in my life! I thank everyone who took part for an amazing performance and for helping to raise so much money for Action.”

The money raised will help fund medical research into conditions affecting babies and children. Medical research can save and change children’s lives. Yet surprisingly, medical research into conditions that devastate children’s lives is poorly funded.  Action Medical Research is currently supporting work around stillbirth, epilepsy, meningitis, cerebral palsy and brain cancer, as well as some rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children.

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

Download hi-res pictures of the cards using these links:
Please credit all photos to Brian Fleming
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Action Medical Research is a UK-wide charity saving and changing children’s lives through medical research. We want to make a difference in:
tackling premature birth and treating sick and vulnerable babies
helping children affected by disability, disabling conditions and infections
targeting rare diseases that together severely affect many forgotten children.

Just one breakthrough, however small, can mean the world.

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