Dance for charity in memory of father

A dancer has organised an evening of song and dance to raise money for a cancer charity in memory of her father who died from the disease.

Chloe Evans
Chloe Evans

Chloe Evans, aged 20 from Sedgley, has organised the event to raise money for Bowel Cancer UK, a charity she has supported since losing her father to bowel cancer in May 2013, who died aged 42.

The Worcester University-student has raised £3,000 to date. The event will take place at Colton Hills Community School in Wolverhampton on October 21.

Chloe said: "The evening is to remember my dad, who died from bowel cancer four years ago.

"The day after would have been his 46th birthday. I like to organise fundraising events in his memory on special dates like this one to turn what could be a sad day into a celebration.

“It’s important to me that I try to help stop another family going through this awful loss, then I feel like I’m achieving something. I’m proud to support Bowel Cancer UK as they work so hard to raise awareness of the disease and symptoms to help stop bowel cancer.

“I have raised over £3,300 for Bowel Cancer UK in memory of my Dad in nine months, and it would be amazing to reach £4,000 by the end of the year.”

She added: "On the night there will be dance and musical theatre performed in aid of Bowel Cancer UK.

"I hope as many people and quite a few number of dance groups can come along on the night, so we can sell out the event.

"We will be raising awareness of symptoms for bowel cancer and handing out leaflets."

Chloe was hoping to hold the event on October 22, which would have been the date of her father's birthday, but the school theatre was not available on that date.

She is currently studying a Higher National Diploma in Dance at Kidderminster College, delivered through Worcester University.

Her dance group, Ignite Dance Company, whom she is a member of as part of the course, will be performing at the fundraising event.

Head of public fundraising for Bowel Cancer UK, Sarah Weber, added: "Without people like Chloe doing amazing fundraising events like this, Bowel Cancer UK couldn’t continue to do vital life-saving work and improve the quality of life for all those affected by bowel cancer.”

Chloe has been a dancer for almost all her life. She began taking classes in ballet and tap dance at the young age of four and is aspiring for a career in dance.

She organised a fundraising day in May called 'Wear a Bow Day 'in aid of the charity.

Tickets for the event, called Evening of Dance and Musical Theatre, cost £6. The event will begin at 7.30pm.

To buy tickets, contact Chloe by emailing chloevevans@hotmail.com

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