Dancers move to the beat for funds

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A Deeside group have pulled on their dancing shoes for a three day dance spectacular in a bid to raise valued funds for North-east charities.

Taylor School of Dance presented Friends of ANCHOR and the ARCHIE Foundation with cheques for £2,000 following their dancing extravaganza.

The event, which took place at the Arts Centre from 30th May to 2nd June, was a show stopping success with 900 spectators filling the venue across the three days. This year saw the numbers of performers and spectators at their highest level yet at the sell-out shows.

Lisa Sangster, co-organiser of the show said: “We chose Friends of ANCHOR as one of the charities to benefit this year as it’s a cause close to our hearts. Many families within our dance school have someone close to them who has received treatment at the ANCHOR Unit and my grandfather has also been undergoing treatment for some time now.”

Friends of ANCHOR fund the purchase of non-NHS provided equipment for the ANCHOR unit and aims to provide additional care, comfort and support for ANCHOR patients. The charity also funds ground-breaking cancer research projects at the University of Aberdeen and Robert Gordon’s University.

Rhona Miller, PR and fundraising executive at Friends of ANCHOR said: “It’s wonderful to see Taylor School of Dance using their passion to help such worthwhile local charities. We would like to thank all the teachers and performers who have worked tirelessly to make the show such a huge success and ultimately benefit two local causes. Every penny donated to Friends of ANCHOR will make a direct difference to the lives of those affected by cancer in the North-east.”

The ARCHIE Foundation is the official charity of the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital, children’s ards in Inverness and Elgin and community based child health. Donations given to the charity go directly towards ‘Making the difference’ for 120,000 local sick children and their families.

Gail Gordon, fundraising manager added: “On behalf of the ARCHIE Foundation, we’re absolutely delighted with the total amount raised by Taylor School of Dance at their ‘Just Press Play’ shows and are very grateful to have been chosen as one of the benefiting charities. We’re incredibly grateful to all of the dancers involved and to those who contributed to the fundraising total. The money raised will help make such a difference to sick children and their families when they really need it most.”