Dancers’ delight after raising £3,500 for Kai

Kai Hodgkinson at the Urban Dance Project show at Viva. Below: Garth Gratrix, Michelle Ramsey and Ryan Fenton from the Urban Dance project.

Kai Hodgkinson at the Urban Dance Project show at Viva. Below: Garth Gratrix, Michelle Ramsey and Ryan Fenton from the Urban Dance project.

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Blackpool dancers are jumping for joy after raising more than £3,500 for a boy in need of a life-changing operation.

Bispham-based Urban Dance Project put on a sparkling show at Viva Blackpool in order to raise for Kai’s New Legs Appeal.

Garth Gratrix, Michelle Ramsey and Ryan Fenton from the Urban Dance project.

Garth Gratrix, Michelle Ramsey and Ryan Fenton from the Urban Dance project.

Kai Hodgkinson, four, has spastic diplegic cerebral palsy, which means he is unable to walk unaided.

His family, from Fleetwood, has been fund-raising for more than a year to raise the £58,000 so he can have a procedure called selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) in St Louis, America, which will help make his dream of walking come true.

The dance group were inspired to organise the event because Kai’s brother Blain is one of their members.

Their UDP Charity Showcase saw 85 dancers, between two and 60-years-old, show off their talents in front of a sell out crowd of 500 people while raising a massive amount of money.

The fun filled extravaganza, hosted by entertainer Lionel Vinyl, also featured a cake sale, a raffle and an auction which raised £700 from the sale of a golden Oasis disc and a signed Blackpool shirt.

Michelle Ramsey, the dance instructor at Urban Dance Project, described how all of the dancers were “really excited” and “couldn’t wait to get started” prior to the event.

She said: “It went better than we could ever have imagined.

“Everyone keeps asking when we are doing it again.”

Michelle offered “a huge thank you to everyone involved” and said the event was such a success, the dancers are clamouring to put on another show.

They also plan to keep in touch with Kai to see how the amazing sum of money they raised helps him in the future.

For more information about the dance group, visit www.urbandanceproject.co.uk

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