Children sing and dance for Macmillan

Some of the children who took part
Some of the children who took part

SCORES of children from Stagecoach theatre school in Hastings put on their glad rags to mark the return of Macmillan Cancer Support’s footloose fundraising event, Dress Up and Dance.

The performing arts school joined thousands of primary schools and 75 other Stagecoach schools nationwide to don their best fancy dress to support the charity by collecting a £2 donation from every child who took part. Stagecoach and Macmillan have worked together to create a fun and educational toolkit, including a DVD featuring Strictly Come Dancing star Lisa Riley and several Stagecoach-choreographed dance numbers, which has been distributed to all of the schools that registered to take part.

Avril Crawford, principal of Stagecoach Hastings, said: “There’s nothing so uplifting as a group dance but this event is made all the more fulfilling as it’s in support of such a worthy cause. All of our students were really thrilled to be involved and to show off their moves while raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support.”

Lynda Thomas, director of fundraising at Macmillan, said: “We were delighted with the success of Dress Up and Dance last year and were incredibly excited to bring it back for 2014. Dance is a fantastic way to connect with children and is such an accessible way to encourage children of all ages to engage with fundraising and help Macmillan ensure no one faces cancer alone.”

All the money raised will go towards Macmillan Cancer Support’s vital work providing medical, financial, practical and emotional support to the two million people currently living with cancer in the UK.

For more information about Stagecoach Hastings, please visit the website or call 01424 772255.