Kimberley Gough Dance Academy to hold spectacular show in memory of Dan Sullivan

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A DANCING and performing charity spectacular in memory of a tragic schoolboy is to be held this weekend.

Kimberley Gough Dance Academy, based at the Avondale Centre in Dyke House Sports and Technology College, Hartlepool, is holding the event on Friday night from 7pm to celebrate the life of town youngster Dan Sullivan.

The seven-year-old sadly lost his life in November 2012, aged just seven, after a battle with acute myeloid leukaemia, an aggressive form of leukaemia.

The dance school held a similar event last year when it raised £1,500, and the gang want to beat that this year.

They have lined up a string of musical performances from Kimberley’s dance students, ranging in age from three to 18-years-old, at the bash in The Avenue, Lauder Street, Hartlepool, along with a raffle.

And all money raised from the event will go to the charity Believe in Magic, which aims to help terminally ill children fulfill their dreams before they pass away. The charity was instrumental in lining up a meeting between Dan and popstar Jessie J before he died.

Kimberley is also looking for businesses and individuals to donate prizes for the event.

She said: “We’re really looking forward to the event on Friday and hope that we can raise more money than we did last year.

“It’s in Dan’s memory and it’s for a really good cause.”

Another boost to the fundraiser will be the efforts of Shelly Douglas, the aunt of one of Kimberley’s dancers, who is playing daredevil at 3pm on Sunday when she will bungee jump from the Transporter Bridge, in Middlesbrough.

Last weekend a bunch of caring youngsters went to Dan’s grave at Stranton Cemetery, where they laid down yellow roses and released dozens of yellow balloons.

Kim said: “Also we all went to the cemetery to lay down yellow roses, yellow as he loved the cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants. Myself and my sister Julie Williams, who teaches for me, and all the kids wrote messages on cards attached to their roses and laid them onto his grave.

“Then we released yellow balloons for him.”

Anyone who would like to sponsor her can do so by logging onto http://www.gofundme.com/8es8ow

Tickets for Friday’s event, which cost £5, can be bought from The Avenue or to donate a raffle prize call Kimberley on 07557 653630.