Over 160 children and young people from the Sarah Patrick Dance School in South Normanton have raised £3000 for Treetops Hospice Care in a special show.

Treetops was nominated as the recipient charity by one of the dance members, Bethan McGing, 14, after her dad received complementary therapy at Treetops.

Treetops, based in Risley, provides nursing care and emotional support for adults with life limiting conditions living in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

He loved to watch Bethan dance and he was always so proud of her

Bethan McGing and her dad, Sean

Sean McGing was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2015, aged just 41. Sean’s wife, Nicola, 45, explained more:

“Sean was a family man who loved to spend time with his family and volunteered in the community as a Scout Leader. He enjoyed being outdoors, in the woods with both his family and his scout group and he appreciated the little things in life. He sadly passed away in June 2018 aged 44 years.

“He loved to watch Bethan dance and he was always so proud of her, especially at the annual dance show. We were thrilled when Sarah Patrick asked us to choose a charity to raise funds for, in Sean’s memory.

Get away from the daily stress of living with cancer

“Sean and I both received complementary therapy from Treetops – we were able to go together and receive something positive, to get away from the daily stress of living with cancer even if it was only for one hour. It helped with Sean’s circulation and enabled him to relax.

“Bethan and I have received emotional support through the Treetops counselling service. Having someone to talk to about your thoughts and feelings and help you to work out a way forward is invaluable. Bethan has been able to create items to remember her dad during her sessions as well receive emotional support and she finds art helpful in expressing herself.”

So proud of each and every student

Sarah Patrick runs the Dance School, which she started in 2004 as she explained:

“I took on the school with about 70 students and have built it up to what it is today. I am so proud of each and every student that has been, or is still, part of our dancing family.

“We put on a show every year at Easter at the Palace Theatre in Mansfield and we always do it to raise money for a charity.  We raise money through asking companies to sponsor our programme and holding a raffle on each night of the show.

Thrilled to have raised such an amazing amount for Treetops

“We are thrilled to have raised such an amazing amount for Treetops as we know what great support they’ve provided – and continue to provide – for Bethan and her family.”

Treetops services include Support and Information, Wellbeing Space, Hospice at Home nurses and Therapeutic Services including counselling, art therapy and complementary therapy. All services are available from diagnosis onwards and are provided for free. Last year, the hospice supported over 1,800 people and their families.