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Dancers gift to brave Michelle

PUBLISHED: 12:29 19 May 2008 | UPDATED: 10:39 11 August 2010

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KAYO dance troupe joined shop-owners in Dagenham Heathway for a charity day to help raise money for Michelle O Shaughnessy, who has terminal bone and liver cancer. Michelle is too weak to push herself around anymore and the NHS cannot provide an electric

KAYO dance troupe joined shop-owners in Dagenham Heathway for a charity day to help raise money for Michelle O'Shaughnessy, who has terminal bone and liver cancer.

Michelle is too weak to push herself around anymore and the NHS cannot provide an electric wheelchair, so on Saturday May 3 nearly 50 young dancers put on a fantastic show and helped her collect money at the Heathway Mall.

Shop owners donated prizes for a raffle, including a signed Dagenham and Redbridge football and vouchers from clothing and travel stores.

Through their joint efforts the day was a huge success raising £433 towards Michelle's £899 electric wheelchair.

Brave Michelle had her head shaved in front of the crowd who cheered and applauded to support her.

Michelle said: "When I brushed my hair it came out in big clumps, so I said to myself why fight what's going to happen?

"I decided to take control and shave it all off, it was really upsetting at the time but I'm glad I did it now.

"I want to thank Fay for performing at the day and all the people at the Mall who donated prizes.

"And of course the people who gave money, I can't thank you enough."

Leader of Kayo dance troupe, Fay Hough said: "I am so happy we could make this day special for Michelle, I wish the best to her and her family.

"She really is an amazing, courageous woman.


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