Dagenham dance troupe put Disneyland on hold for cancer sufferer
PUBLISHED: 14:26 15 September 2014 | UPDATED: 17:33 15 September 2014
A Dagenham dance troupe have put their dreams of performing at Disneyland on hold to raise money for a cancer sufferer.
Pupils from Miss Natalie’s School of Performing Arts were so touched by the story of Carly Lovett, who is relying on a miracle drug which is not available on the NHS, that they decided to donate the proceeds of Saturday’s fundraiser to her instead.
Troupe founder Natalie Stanley, who was in the year above Carly at Sydney Russell School, felt compelled to raise money for her old schoolfriend after spotting her story on Facebook from posts by mutual friends.
“A lot of my friends posted that she was ill and it gave me the idea that we could put on an event for her to raise money for her treatment,” she explained.
“Everyone was so supportive of it and agreed we should do it because it is such a good cause - it is much better to help Carly with her treatment than go to Disneyland.”
Dancers from Miss Natalie’s School of Performing Arts will perform at the fundraiser in aid of Carly at Dagenham Trades Hall on Saturday, from 11am to 4pm.
There will also be an appearance by Elsa from Frozen as well as a bouncy castle, pony rides, face painting and a wide variety of stalls.
Carly’s husband, David, said: “It is unbelieveable that a young dance group would give up their chance to go to Disneyland for Carly.
“It is a really nice thing that they are doing.
“We have had lots of people offering help and support and it really makes you think that there are some really good people out there.”
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