Children Raise Money By Dancing For Emi Taylor
Young students from Starbrite Studios School of Performing Arts held a week of fundraising activities to support one of its members, Emi Taylor with events which included wearing odd socks for a night, an Elf Christmas dress-up, wearing purple clothing, decorating their lips, dancing in their pyjamas, and an end-of week disco for Emi.
Emi is a happy, fun-loving 16-year-old who is deaf and blind, with learning disabilities caused by a genetic condition which she was born with. Emi's parents have always tried to help Emi to join in with activities that other children get to do, and Emi regularly enjoys attending Starbrite with her sister and brother, and she takes part in a class herself.
Emi's mother, Helen says: "Over the last year or so, life has been hard for Emi. As she's grown taller, the twisting of her spine has made walking more difficult, and although Emi is still really keen to keep trying, it's not deemed safe for the people working with her to help her. It's getting more difficult and she needs more and more special equipment.
It's so lovely to know that Emi is always welcome and can be included in her own unique way."
Emma Bailey-Hague, Creative Director and Principal at Starbrite Studios commented: "We wanted to tie our fundraising activities into interests which are close to Emi. For example, she loves purple which is why we all dressed in that colour for one of the days.
As we are working towards our Christmas musical, Elf Jr, which takes place on Sunday 3rd December 2017 at the Hayward Theatre in Beverley, we took the opportunity to dress up ready for Christmas to raise more money for Emi. The children had great fun during the fundraising week, which concluded with a disco.
We raised £385 for Emi and we would like to say a big thank you to all of those involved as the sponsorship money from those who took part in the event is going towards providing Emi with further support."
Within the last year, Starbrite Studios also raised money to support Viking FM's Cash for Kids through an open day, and supported Children in Need by taking part in a world record tap dancing attempt, the Tapathon. A total of £677.15 has been raised across the three charities.
Children Raise Money By Dancing For Emi Taylor, 2nd October 2017, 11:48 AM