Doncaster BURLESQUE-ATHON Success!
With Kpt. Kirsche at the reins, 62 dancers + Instructors from Sheffield, Nottingham & Doncaster took part in last Sunday’s 6 hour Burlesque-Athon, we raised
Hope4Mae is our BCD™️ 2018 chosen charity, all proceeds will go to help 8 year old Mae Fox who has cerebral palsy learn to walk & dance! The money will pay for physiotherapy, specialized equipment & medical care.
Thank you to every one of you who came along on the day or made donations, this was an amazing achievement and will make a huge different to Mae and the whole Fox family.
Even Mae herself came along to cheer us on in her Spider Girl costume!
But the fun doesn’t stop there! We will be continuously fundraising for Mae throughout the year. We’ve the 3 Peaks Challenge in September, Balloon Raffles at every show and even more fun and games – watch this space! Classes from across the UK will be hosting even more BURLESQUE-ATHON’s in aid of Hope4Mae this year; Scotland, Isle of Wight, Barnsley, Manchester and so many more!
“Hello, I am Mae Fox and I live in Doncaster, Yorkshire. I am 8 years old and my Mummy is Amy Fox from Balby Burlesque. I am asking if you could please support Hope4Mae so I can practice walking on my own and get the treatment that I need to keep walking?
I was born very early and my Mummy and Daddy learn’t that I had a brain injury caused at birth. I have got cerebral palsy which makes my arms and legs hard to move, even though I tried so hard to get strong I still couldn’t stand up or play with my brothers. I had a wish that I could walk, play on the trampoline and maybe even ride a bike just like my big brothers do every day. I would really love to dance!
Mummy and Daddy got to work raising lots of money so I could go to America to have a very special operation as I couldn’t have this help in England from the NHS. Dr Park worked magic on my spine to make my muscles wake up and start to work. Since then I have worked really hard with my Physio and special people at training centres called ‘Footsteps’ and ‘Walk this Way’. We had to keep raising money to pay for all those people to help me get strong.
This year I have been learning to walk with tripod sticks! I am getting stronger and I like to walk with my sticks whenever I can. Before, I had to always use my wheelchair, so now I like it better! I keep doing my exercises and I am getting stronger all the time.
Because I am growing all the time I need new equipment which I can’t get from the NHS in England. I will need some new special splints for my legs, new shoes to help me stand flat and new tripod sticks when I get bigger. Mummy and Daddy keep working hard to raise money for me to keep taking every step I can.
Now the muscles in my legs are stretched as much as they can. As I grow it’s likely that I will need hamstring surgery to lengthen my tendons so I can stretch much further, to help me balance and so I can stand tall. I am excited about being able to move even more than I can now, and maybe I can run and dance one day like you!
Thank you for any help you
can give me, Love Mae xx”
Hope4MaeFundraising Targets 2018:
The SDR surgery that Mae has undergone, and the ongoing intensive therapy programme necessary to help her walk, is NOT supported by NHS UK. The funds we raise will be used for any further surgeries and treatment in the US, post op Physiotherapy and equipment.
We will need to fund future exercise programmes, and equipment to grow with Mae each year.
The medical equipment will include crutches, canes and specialist orthotic aids (knee immobiliser, AFO’s, SMO’s). Mae’s orthotic needs are likely to be for a number of years to accommodate her growth. In addition Mae will also need Intensive physiotherapy in the UK, including private (weekly) home visits. Mae will also require an amount of strength and conditioning to assist her muscle build up.
Joining us will greatly help in funding Mae’s aftercare, and help to give her a better future. To further help to ensure Mae’s dreams can become reality.