Troubled majorettes group given online aid by Facebook community group

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A community-minded online group has come to the rescue of a struggling majorettes dance troupe by raising hundreds of pounds for them.

Seven Morley residents launched the ‘Local Businesses For Morley And Surrounding Areas’ Facebook page around a month ago in a bid to both promote local firms and fundraise for good causes.

More than 600 people have joined the online group, which has set up websites, organised photoshoots and created posters free of charge to help companies in need.

Morley resident and former advertising worker Louise Greenwood, who helped set up the page, decided to help Morley Bluebells Majorettes which was on the brink of closure after struggling to find sponsorship. She said: “We just wanted to help local people. We are trying to get people to work with each other rather than apart.”

A £1,500 fundraising campaign has since been launched by the group, which has generated more than £600 for Morley Blubells in just one week.

Sue Goodwill, 49, set up the majorettes group in October 2012 in memory of her late father, who had run a majorettes group of his own for 26 years.

With the help of her mother, who is 74, she has helped to deliver low cost sessions to 40 dancers, aged three to 37, ever since but estimates that her family has spent £3,000 of their own money on the group.

In desperate need for new uniforms and equipment, the group’s future still hangs in the balance.

Sue said: “If it wasn’t for the group we would have to close, we just can’t get the money in for uniforms.

“It’s really rewarding and it’s cheap enough for the children to afford, but we need help.”

A special fundraising zumba session has been organised by the group in aid of the majorettes at Joe G’s Fitness Centre, in Topcliffe Lane, Morley, on February 22 from 10am.

Visit www.facebook.com/groups/1512772339011316 for information or to donate.

Sarah Champion MP

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