A CHARITY is no longer dancing in the dark following a fundraising initiative by Bradford Chamber of Commerce.
The business support organisation has raised £2,225 for Bradford-based charity, Dance United Yorkshire to support vulnerable groups in the local community with personal development.
The money was raised at the Chamber’s annual dinner last month through a prize draw, which included VIP seats at Bradford City, a Broadway shopping centre gift card and a champagne meal for four – all donated by Chamber members.
Dance United Yorkshire engages with groups and individuals not usually involved in dance, inspiring them to overcome difficult circumstances, achieve new goals and grow in confidence.
Helen Linsell, the charity’s artistic and executive director, said: “Dance United Yorkshire is thrilled to receive this donation from the Chamber; we are hugely appreciative of the support.
“The money will go into our community provisions to enable vulnerable and disadvantaged groups to continue accessing our work. Being named Bradford Chamber’s Charity of the Year is an incredible opportunity and we are delighted that our work is being recognised within the corporate sector.”
Chamber President Suzanne Watson, who is also the managing director of Approach PR, added: “Bradford’s business community has given so generously to Dance United Yorkshire at our dinner. Bradford Chamber’s support of this incredible charity comes from the funds we collectively raise, but also from the fantastic profiling we can offer their cause.
“Well over 300 heard about their high impact, life-changing dance therapy at the dinner and their message of rehabilitation through dance was met with tremendous applause and appreciation on the night. This is a superb start to 12 months of fund and awareness-raising in my first year as Bradford Chamber President and I couldn’t be more delighted.”
Bradford Chamber’s annual dinner was sponsored by Christeyns and TL Dallas.
To find out more information about Bradford Chamber’s charity of the year, visit the Chamber website.