26 March 2015
Macmillan Cancer Support is delighted to announce that fundraising initiative Dress Up and Dance will be returning to schools, nurseries and uniform groups across the UK this summer on Friday 19th June 2015*.
The fundraising event encourages teachers and group leaders to sign up and ask their students to get dressed up and have a dance, in exchange for making a suggested donation of £2 to Macmillan. This year’s special theme is ‘Legends’ and those taking part can channel their favourite inner champions - be it a pop icon, a super hero, a sports personality or a film star!
Macmillan has worked with Stagecoach Theatre Arts Schools to put together a free fundraising pack full of specially-designed teaching resources, including online dance routine tutorials, cut-out animal masks, educational activity sheets and assembly plans.
Simon Phillips, Interim Director of Fundraising at Macmillan, said: “Following the brilliant success of last year, we’re delighted that Dress Up and Dance will be returning to schools, nurseries and uniform groups across the UK this June for a third year. Dress Up and Dance is not only great fun, but an easy way for teachers and group leaders to get the kids exercising and expressing themselves in the name of Macmillan Cancer Support - we can’t wait to hear what you’ve all got planned!”
Sarah Kelly, Managing Director of Stagecoach Theatre Arts schools said: “We are really excited to be supporting Macmillan in their Dress Up and Dance initiative for our second year in 2015. At Stagecoach, we aim to ensure that as many children as possible are given the opportunity to develop their confidence through singing, acting and dance. Dress Up and Dance is a brilliant way for us to reach these goals, whilst engaging children with the fantastic work that Macmillan does to ensure that no one faces cancer alone.”
Dress Up and Dance ties in brilliantly with the national curriculum as it can support the necessary two hours of physical activity per week, as well as being a fun opportunity for teachers to ensure variety and raise funds for a good cause. Back for its third year this summer, the fundraiser was a huge success in 2014. Over 3,000 schools registered to take part and helped raise £200,000 for Macmillan to help children and families whose lives have been affected by cancer.
For further information or to register, please visit www.macmillan.org.uk/dressup or call Macmillan on 0845 673 0720.
* Those taking part are welcome to choose an alternative day to hold their Dress Up and Dance event
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About Macmillan Cancer Support
When you have cancer, you don’t just worry about what will happen to your body, you worry about what will happen to your life. At Macmillan, we know how a cancer diagnosis can affect everything and we’re here to support you through. From help with money worries and advice about work, to someone who’ll listen if you just want to talk, we’ll be there. We’ll help you make the choices you need to take back control, so you can start to feel like yourself again.
No one should face cancer alone. For support, information or if you just want to chat, call us free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am–8pm) or visit macmillan.org.uk
Macmillan Cancer Support and schools
Macmillan has all sorts of fantastic educational resources that will help you talk to your children about cancer, charity and the work we do. To request a pack, or to see if someone from Macmillan can come and give a talk, visit macmillan.org.uk/schools
To keep in touch, find out what we’re up to and be in with a chance to win fantastic prizes, visit facebook.com/macmillanschools
About Stagecoach Theatre Arts
Stagecoach was founded over 26 years ago with schools in Richmond, Redhill and Woking. It now operates the largest network of part-time performing arts schools in the U.K with nearly 40,000 students worldwide. There are almost 600 centres throughout the UK with a further 75 overseas in Australia, Canada, Germany, Gibraltar, Ireland, Malta, Spain, South Africa and the USA
Stagecoach offer quality training in drama, dance and singing to young performers from 4-18 and is designed to build confidence and develop communication through performance skills. Former Stagecoach students include Dani Harmer, Tom Fletcher, Jamie Bell and Charlotte Jaconelli
You can find Stagecoach on Twitter at www.twitter.com/stagecoach_gbr and Facebook at www.facebook.com/stagecoachtheatrearts