Thanks for sparkling gifts

Dancers from Blackpool And Fylde Dance Academy's Christmas Sparkle show
Dancers from Blackpool And Fylde Dance Academy's Christmas Sparkle show
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Young dancers brought sparkle to the lives of families in need – when their supporters filled a van with donations.

Blackpool And Fylde Dance Academy (BAFDA) invited the audience to its Christmas Sparkle show to bring items for Blackpool Food Partnership, instead of buying tickets.

By ‘goodies’ I’m talking about tinned ham, some gravy

More than 50 dancers, aged from two to 17, took part, and the audience of 250-plus brought enough items to fill a transit van for the food bank.

Food partnership project manager Nikki Hart thanked BAFDA and the audience for their ‘wonderful generosity’.

“We were overwhelmed,” she said. “It was such a lovely, kind idea, and the parents were so generous it really helped.”

The youngsters took to the stage at Holy Trinity Church, Dean Street, and put their best feet forward with a range of Christmas classics.

BAFDA principal Leanne Tobin said: “The show went really well, and over 250 people came to watch the students.

“Every person brought a donation, some even brought huge hamper baskets, it was an amazing amount of food.”

Leanne also had praise for her students, who gave ‘stunning, professional’ performances, as well as the backstage team of helpers.

“The senior students had a few quick costume changes which didn’t phase them a bit,” she added. “We only have one boy at BAFDA, eight-year-old Dylan, who one parent said looked ‘very dapper’ – it was his first time performing and I was extremely proud of him.

“The show was a huge success, however this would not have been possible without a good team of backstage mums and helpers and Holy Trinity Church and its volunteers.”

Blackpool Food Partnership is a food distribution network with 45 participating organisations.

It delivers to 38 organisations across Blackpool on a weekly basis, 51 weeks of the year, with professional staff also on hand to offer advice.

Nikki added: “Christmas is a busy time for us, and we do a lot of family parcels so the food went to those who wouldn’t have had a Christmas meal otherwise.

“Everybody hopes at this time of year, regardless of their situation, to have some ‘goodies’ – by that I’m talking about tinned ham, some gravy and maybe a Christmas pudding or mince pies, and some chocolate for the children.”