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Kind-hearted Danniis dancing with delight

Kind-hearted Dannii’s dancing with delight

A kind-hearted 10-year-old has danced her way around Birmingham to help teenagers fighting cancer.

Dannii Bayley, of Cotteridge, was so touched when she heard about the work of the Teenage Cancer Trust’s unit at the city’s Royal Orthopaedic Hospital that she vowed to raise &pound500 for the cause.

She discovered the charity when mother Angela first encouraged her employers – employment experts Pertemps People Development Group (PPDG) – to make a donation when the hospital unit was burgled and games equipment stolen.

Dannii, a pupil at Cotteridge Junior and Infant School, decided to use her love of dance and performing as a way of gaining support. She visited seven PPDG centres across Birmingham – Sparkhill, Nechells, Newtown, Handsworth, Harborne, Northfield, and the Edgbaston HQ - and performed a dance for employees to the Same Difference track & lsquo;If You Can’t Dance’. They supported her generously, raising &pound202 for the charity.

Proud mum Angela, an employment coach at PPDG in Northfield, said: “Dannii was prompted to act after I nominated the charity for a donation from Pertemps People Development Group. I heard that the unit had been broken into before its grand opening and went along to present a cheque from PPDG. I was inspired by the work they do and spoke about it a lot at home with Dannii and her dad.

“Dannii was captivated by the charity and said she really wanted to do something to help. Over the months she has come up with all sorts of crazy ideas. She attends a stage school at the Hippodrome and loves to perform and decided to get her friends and family to sponsor her to visit as many PPDG sites as she could in one day to perform a dance for our staff. She also got friends and family to bake cakes and biscuits which she sold along with raffle tickets on the day.”

She added: “I am incredibly proud of Dannii. She has always been a very thoughtful girl who always thinks of others and gets genuinely touched by charities that help those less fortunate. Her original goal was to raise &pound500 in five events. However, she has already raised &pound202 at the PPDG centres and a further &pound60 from family and friends. I’m confident she will complete the five events and we’ll see if she can raise even more than the &pound500 she was hoping to collect.”

Craig Burchell, regional fundraiser for TCT, said: “It is always nice to hear of young people helping other young people less fortunate than themselves and Dannii’s fundraising endeavours will help support Teenage Cancer Trust and its work with teenagers and young adults affected by cancer across the West Midlands region. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Dannii, Angela and everyone at Pertemps People Development Group for their efforts and continued support – it really does make a huge difference.”

PPDG’s team of employment experts provides advice on benefits, confidence building, one-to-one support, CV and interview preparation as well as finding the right job or training course. In partnership with DWP, the Ministry of Justice and Jobcentre Plus, PPDG delivers a diverse range of employment and training initiatives including the Work Programme which is part financed by the European Social Fund (ESF). PPDG came fourth in The Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For 2011.


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