Martin House hospice ballet fundraiser

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A Clifford children’s hospice which supports families and youngsters with terminal illnesses has teamed up with Northern Ballet to offer dance events.

Martin House Children’s Hospice and Northern Ballet joined up under the initiative created by the Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts.

Northern Ballet is one of just six UK arts organisations taking part in Children and the Arts’ Start Hospices Programme.

Between now and December families will take part in dance and photography workshops from which an exhibition of the families experiences will be created.

Youngsters will also watch performances of Northern Ballet’s Three Little Pigs and Cinderella at Leeds Grand Theatre on December 21.

Jeremy Newton, Chief Executive of The Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts, said:

“The time devoted to symptom control, care and support for a serious illness very often means that children, siblings and parents miss out on the enjoyment of shared, everyday family activities and experiences that most of us take for granted.

“Our Start Hospices programme provides families coping with this most difficult time a rare respite from the illness, allowing them to spend valuable time together in a new relaxed but adapted setting enjoying arts activities and experiences that will stay with them forever.”

Martin House Hospice in Boston Spa cares for children and young people with progressive life-limiting illnesses and provides support to their families.

The charity helps children and young people from across the Yorkshire region.

Funds are raised throughout the year that rely almost entirely on £4.9 million a year.

For more information about Martin House visit www.martinhouse.org.uk.

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