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Young ballet stars raise over £6k for Tommy’s
ittle stars from Babyballet Bradley Stoke galloped, jumped and boogied with Peppa Pig during their weekly class to raise money for baby charity Tommy’s as they took part in a ‘danceathon’ fundraiser. Boys and girls aged 18 months to 5 years were sponsored to complete five challenges in a Peppa Pig themed dance lesson. Dressed in their ballet outfits, the children went on an imaginary journey with Princess Peppa from their ballet class to a fun filled tea party. Together, the 24,000 Babyballet stars from across the country aim to raise £500,000 for the charity. Tommy’s funds four research centres in the UK that investigate causes and find treatments for miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth. It also provides advice and support from a team of midwives for all parents-tobe to help them have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. In the UK, it is estimated that onein-four pregnancies ends in loss during pregnancy or birth. Jane Brewin, chief executive of Tommy’s, said: “Danceathon is a great way for mums and dads to involve their little ones in a good cause. Tommy’s relies on the generosity and hard work of its supporters like Babyballet to continue its pioneering research to prevent pregnancy complications. We hope everyone taking part had an amazing time!” Local Babyballet franchisee Miss Claire said: “At Babyballet Bradley Stoke we have all loved taking part in the Tommy’s danceathon. Our aim was to raise £5,000 and we really enjoyed our danceathon week. We have already exceeded our fundraising target, and our total stands at £6,791 and counting. This is an amazing achievement and I am so proud of my little stars and their families and friends for supporting this fantastic charity.” Nardis Roscoe, eOne’s VP of global brand management, family & brands, said: “It’s a pleasure to be joining forces once again with Babyballet and
Bradley Stoke Babyballet pupils pictured after taking part in their danceathon at Baileys Court Activity Centre
Tommy’s for their danceathon. This fundraising event is a great way to harness the popularity of Peppa Pig and give little dancers an unforgettable ballet lesson whilst also raising vital funds for Tommy’s.”
For more information about Babyballet Bradley Stoke, contact Miss Claire at bradleystoke@ babyballet.co.uk, visit www. babyballet.co.uk or search for Babyballet Bradley Stoke on Facebook.
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