PPDGs helping dancers Dreamz come true
PPDG’s helping dancers’ Dreamz come true
A Black Country group of young dancers with dreams of becoming world champions could go one dance step closer thanks to a donation by generous workers.
Dreamz School of Dance, in Stourbridge, has received £400 from employees of Birmingham-based employment and training experts Pertemps People Development Group (PPDG).
PPDG operates a Give As You Earn (GAYE) scheme which each year donates thousands of pounds to charities and other good causes. Employees make a donation to the scheme each month.
Dreamz was nominated for an award by Jo O’Sullivan, an employment coach at PPDG in Harborne, Birmingham. Her 13-year-old daughter Eve is a member of Dreamz and takes part in regular competitions.
The donation is for travelling expenses and accommodation costs to take part in a competition – called Diva Divo - taking place in February in Bridlington. The dancers also hope to take part in the World Championships Freestyle in Blackpool in June.
Jo said: “The girls are so supportive of each other and so passionate about their dancing. It seems an incredible shame not to let them go to the large competitions but in this current economic climate it really is a struggle.
“I made the nomination as the cost to take part in the major dance competitions runs into thousands of pounds every time the girls compete. As moms, we do fundraise and have managed to collect £400 but the costs still run very high and parents need all the help they can get. PPDG has matched the amount raised with a £400 donation which will really help the girls to go on and realise their dreams of taking part in the major competitions.”
Kerry Hill, who owns Dreamz School of Dance, said: “This donation from PPDG really is a massive boost for the girls. They are so talented and the money will enable them to fulfill their dreams of taking part in major competitions. We have one girl called Robyn Churchill who came third in the World Championships Freestyle this year and we hope to take a team of girls to go and compete and do really well.”
PPDG’s total donations to charities and good causes through its award-winning payroll-giving scheme recently broke the £150,000 barrier. Around two thirds of employees are involved in payroll deductions that benefit others less fortunate in the community.