Date: Friday 04 April 2014
We helped a dance school raise funds for a charity which supported one of their young pupils, who was born with congenital heart defects, and her family while she was in hospital.
Eight-year-old Molly Wright spent the first six weeks of her life at the East Midlands Congenital Heart Centre at Glenfield in Leicester and had open heart surgery in June 2011, spending a month in hospital, including six days in an induced coma. She now has a pacemaker fitted and continues to be monitored at Glenfield.
Her dance school, First Stage Dance and Theatre Academy in Derby, held a dance, song and drama show, with a family disco, raffle, sweet stall and prize giving, to raise money for Keepthebeat – a charity which offers support to families who have had a child with a congenital heart defect treated at Glenfield.
We donated £500 to the event, which raised a total of £1,000.
Loraine Campbell, Principal of First Stage Dance and Theatre Academy, says: “We had more than 100 students at the event which featured dance performances and singing and drama presentations and was a great success.
“We chose the Keepthebeat charity because of the support it has provided to Molly, one of our own pupils, who has been with the school for over five years.
“We are very grateful for Taylor Wimpey’s generous donation to our fundraising for Keepthebeat, which gives hope and practical help to the families of children with congenital heart defects.”
Keepthebeat provides equipment, clothes, food, toys and bedding to help families who very often have to spend weeks and months living in the parents’ accommodation at Glenfield so they can be near their little one.
The charity has also campaigned to raise the profile of the unit and the wonderful work its staff do.
Mariana Knight, Regional Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey, says: “At Taylor Wimpey, we don’t just build houses, we build communities, and supporting an inspirational event to help such a fantastic cause like Keepthebeat is right up our street!”